Instead of God’s Kingdom (5)

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Acceptance

Being a follower of Christ requires sanctification and a shift toward the holiness of God. That holiness sets us apart from the fallen world and rules out the world’s acceptance. It is important that we not lose sight of God and His will for our lives. Our behavior should not conform us to the sinfulness of the world. That includes conforming in order to be accepted by those around you. This temptation to conform should be thwarted by living life in the light of God and His guidance. The faith that His guidance is for your good, and will provide the path for your life that will help us be content with His plan and the inevitable distance between us and the world. (Romans 8:28-29a) And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son (John 15:20-21) Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

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As a follower of Jesus there is a decision to be made. Do we seek earthly rewards and pleasure or the abundance that awaits in heaven? This question pertains to many things: 1) possessions, 2) status, 3) recognition, 4) affection, 5) acceptance, 6) control and 7) longevity. This list is limited but should suffice in awakening the senses to the other ways people seek this world over eternity in paradise.

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