THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Police were called to a disturbance at the retirement home.
There was a revolt going on by the residents.
Three people were identified as leaders of the activist group and were arrested.
They had seized control of the parlor and locked the matron in the closet.
One of the men arrested gave this reason for the protest:
"We have a bunch of young whippersnappers running things around here, and we don't trust anybody under 65."
Another man arrested offered his reason:
"What is the sense of living a long time if some fifty-year-old-kid is going to tell you what to do?"
1 John 3:1-3
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
Christians, in this world, are a lot like those retired folk.
People don't understand them.
It is indeed a wonderful joy to know that we have been called by the Lord to salvation and that one day we shall be fully transformed into the likeness of our Lord.
However, each of us who are called to salvation are also called to PURITY.
That means first, that we are called to cooperate with God in being transformed into the image of Christ today.
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12:2)
Secondly, we are called to be consecrated.
We are to dedicate our lives to living for Christ's purposes. Consecration doesn't mean "giving up this and that."
It means allowing God's power to work in us and through us.
"Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)" (Hebrews 10:23)
Thirdly, we are called to contrast.
"Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you." (1John 3:13)
"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."
It is our duty to grow in our relationship with Christ.
And as we grow, we are to develop mannerisms which clearly expose the fallacy of sin in a loving way.
If we truly walk with Jesus, we’re gonna be a little “Out Of Step” with this world.
(Out of Step is the title of a song written by Squire Parsons.)
Christians are to be active in service for God.
Christians are to take an aggressive stance against sin.
This causes us to be in constant contrast with the world.