What is an outsider in life? Webster’s Dictionary defines the word as a person who does not belong to or is not accepted as part of a particular group or organization. I think this word is apropos in describing a Christian who tries to live his/her life in today’s society. When you choose to live for God you will have to live life figuratively and sometimes literally on the edge. I like how Vin Diesel phrased it in the first installment of the Fast –n- Furious series, “ I live my life one quarter mile at a time”. Just like this fictional character lived on the edge of society (excluding his lawless deeds), sometimes our stance in choosing to live by the principles of God’s word are considered radical and uncouth. The bible teaches in the book of Hebrews, “Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God( Hebrews 13: 15-16 NLT). We as fellow believers should proclaim our allegiance to his name in both word and deed. We do this by not conforming to the aspects of modern day society that are in opposition to the will and word of God. But by renewing our mind with the Word of God (Romans 12:2 KJV). We renew our minds by taking time out of our busy lives and making an appointment to research and review God’s word. His word instructs on how to live a pure life in God’s sight. Pure in this regard just simply means a life that is one. A life that is the same in public as well as in private. When you do this, you learn about what pleases God and how to live a life that is not only beneficial for yourself but to God and others. When you do this, you position yourself (in God’s sight) for him to speak love, protection, abundance, healing and favor in your life. But you first have to become an Outsider.
When I use to term Outsider, I am not referring to a person who chooses to isolate him/herself from society and others. No, I am referring to an individual that chooses to live a single-minded life adhering to what it takes to please God. It’s becoming more apparent every day that our lifestyle as Christians is being targeted as fringe or just simply antiquated. We are spoken against and forced to conform to the image of our culture which has aspects that are in opposition to the culture and life of Heaven. The bible teaches, “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 KJV). But as a Christian, what can you do to oppose these forces?
As we race closer to that great and terrible day spoken about in the books of Daniel and Revelation, darkness continues to increase and encompass our world. It’s almost confounding if you think about it. As we rush faster and faster to that appointment, information continues to increase, people connect across continents, technology becomes ever more sophisticated but simultaneously the moral compass of society and life seem to grow ever more corrupt. Suicides are on the rise and men’s hearts are failing them as they observe the pending natural and man-made disasters. This is the time for the Outsiders in life (people of God) to look up and know that their redemption is drawing near.
Jesus refers to the people of God as salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13 KJV). If you know anything about salt, not only is it used as a seasoning but it works as a preservative. The bible teaches that we are the salt of the earth and that it is our job to make life more palatable. We do this by living by the principles set in God’s word and law. We pray for our communities and speak to the Lord requesting that he operate in this life not only on our behalf but for those who do not know him. We pray for our government officials so that they can work together for the good of our land. We pray for the peace and prosperity of our nation so that we may live in peace. We operate in love so that the world will know that there is a God who does live and move among his people. Glory to God!
Now, as the bible teaches, no one knows the exact date and hour when Jesus when will return for his people (Matthew 24:46 KJV). But we are to occupy until he comes (Luke 19:13 KJV). And when he returns he does not want to catch us sleeping (Mark 13:36 KJV). So what does that term occupy mean to us? Stay busy doing what God called or assigned you to do. You may ask, what is my assignment? Your assignment or calling has been placed in your spirit. It is that drive or passion that you can’t shake. When I say passion I’m not referring to something immoral. That idea that never leaves you. That talent or gift that you have had ever since you can remember. That love that gives you peace. Whatever it is you should be using that for the purpose of the Kingdom of Heaven. For truly, only what you do for Christ will last and echo in to eternity.
Now here comes the practicality of living for God. Jesus spoke to his disciples and it is still applicable to us because we are his disciples. He said, “ Be wise as serpents but be harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16 KJV). We have to learn how to apply and live by the principles of the word of God without being labeled as over-zealous Jesus Freaks. You know the type. The third king of Israel wrote in his writings that, there is a time and a season for everything. It is your job to realize what time it is. You can live for God and witness for him without engaging in antics that are detrimental to the Kingdom of Heaven. But you first must know him for yourself. You must have a real relationship with him and experience his glory and favor for yourself. You must educate yourself regarding God’s culture. You have to learn about him. As the scriptures state, O taste and see that that Lord is good and that his mercies endure forever (Psalm 34:8 KJV). In order for you to live and occupy your time until his coming you have to study his word daily. And when you do this, he will reveal himself to you in such a way it will affect every area of your life. For the Lord is Good and His Mercies endure forever!