Be Wise and Shine
Fallen Human Nature dictates that human beings automatically fear the unknown, distrust the unfamiliar and hate the uncomfortable.
When you become Born Again your inner nature is changed from mere human to incorporate the divine, so you take on an unknown and unfamiliar quality to your being.
Thus the unsaved become uncomfortable in your presence.
This is the reason they naturally hate and distrust you as a Christian… You make them feel uncomfortable in their sinful condition.
This natural animosity from the people of the world should be seen as a stamp of approval and a badge of honor for the Born Again Believer.
It is the unmistakable result of the supernatural transformation you have undergone and should be received with godly pride.
Jesus said, “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first” and He said “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” (John 15:18 NLT) (Matt 5:11 NIV)
Notice, He didn’t say, you WILL be blessed, He said you ARE blessed.
The reason you ARE blessed (Present Tense) is because this animosity is evidence of your translation from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.
Their very reaction to you testifies to your new citizenship and inheritance in glory.
But here’s the sad thing about this…
When average Christians begin to receive negativity from their unsaved co-workers, family and friends, instead of seeing it as something positive, they begin to feel uncomfortable themselves and because their minds are not yet renewed they react like a natural human being to this uncomfortable feeling.
They don’t like feeling uncomfortable so they begin mirroring the habits and lifestyle of their unsaved friends to fit in with them.
They begin dressing like the world and talking like the world in order to appear like them so their non-christian friends will no longer feel uncomfortable in their presence and accept them as one of their own.
In so doing, however, they sabotage their own purpose and derail their destiny.
The Bible says if you love the world, you do not love God and are His enemy. (James 4:4 ) (1 John 2:15)
Average (Carnal) Christians do a great disservice to their unsaved loved ones by not reflecting the glory of God and accurately representing Jesus Christ to them
This is because their testimony might have been the only thing to draw that unsaved loved one into the kingdom of God.
Do you understand, Christian, that when you live like your unsaved friends and when you support their ungodly doctrines and lifestyle you are shutting the Door to the Kingdom of God in their face?
You’re already safe inside but lack the courage to live in such a way that you hold the Door open and invite them to come inside the Kingdom with you.
On Judgement Day they will look you in the eye and call you a liar and a traitor for not living according to the truth inscribed on your own heart and not telling them the truth that could have saved them from Hell.
Millions are pouring into Hell each day and there is something we Christians CAN DO about it… We can live like we really believe the Bible and tell our friends and family members THE TRUTH IN LOVE!
“Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.” Jude 1:23 (NLT)
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.” Pro 11:30 (AKJV)
“Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.” Dan 12:3 (NLT)
Be wise and shine!
May God give us each the grace to fulfill our purpose and destiny… In Jesus Name!