Live Like an Alien

I’ve never met an alien…

At least the kind you see in the movies.

So, when I read a verse in the Bible that says that I am an “alien” in this world, I have to wonder…

What do you mean, I’m an alien?!

Aliens don’t belong.

Aliens are different.

Aliens stand out.

Exactly.

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Let’s try that again…

Jesus followers don’t belong.

Jesus followers are different.

Jesus followers stand out.

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This week, many of you will go back to school. 

And, my question for you is are you willing to live like an alien?

Are you willing to be the light of Jesus to the people around you?

Or, will you just blend in with the crowd?

 

“Dear brothers and sisters, you are foreigners and aliens here.  So I warn you to keep away from evil desires because they fight against your very souls.  Be careful how you live among your unbelieving neighbors.  Even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will believe and give honor to God when he comes to judge the world.”  (I Peter 2:11-12) (NLT)

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Would Jesus Recognize You Today?

“Do you recognize me?”

“Do you know who I am?”

A friend of mine asked me those questions today.

And, honestly I didn’t recognize him at first.

I guess I just didn’t expect to see him, and I looked right past him.

(Don’t you hate it when that happens?  Or, does this just happen to me sometimes?)

Anyway, the fact that I didn’t recognize him right away got me thinking…

Would Jesus recognize me today?

If I saw Jesus and asked Him the same two questions my friend asked me, what would Jesus say?

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“Do you recognize me, Jesus?”

“Do you know who I am, Jesus?”

I guess His answer would depend on if we’re really friends.

I guess it would depend on if I have a relationship with Him.

Just because you sound religious or do “Christian” things, doesn’t mean that Jesus will recognize you.

Jesus Himself said, “You are my friends if you obey me.” (John 15:14)

Notice He didn’t say…

“You are my friends if you go to church, or if you’re a good person, or if you’re religious.”

If you want Jesus to recognize you, you have to obey Him.

If you want Jesus to know you, you have to know Him like a close friend…

So, what will Jesus say to you when all is said and done?

Will He recognize you and call you a friend, or will He tell you to go away?

 

21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ (Matthew 7:21-23)

 

 

 

 

What is love?

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The other day, I typed in the word “love” in Google and hit enter…

I got 1.5 billion results in .22 seconds.

Love is…complicated.

Or, maybe it’s just that we’ve made it complicated.

What is love, anyway?

Is it an emotion?

Is it a decision?

Is it an emotional decision?  What is it?

Does love change?

Can you love something one day and not love it the next?

Can you fall in love with someone and then not be in love with them later on?

What makes you love something or someone in the first place?

No wonder there is so much confusion and so many questions about love in this world…

Everybody has their opinions and feelings when it comes to love…but what if there really was only one right answer to all these questions?

That would make things simpler, wouldn’t it?

Or, what if you could find the definition of love in a few short sentences in one book instead of having to read a whole bunch of books to figure it out?

Better yet, what if I told you that you can know the Creator of love Himself, and that the definition of love came from Him?

What is love?

Let me give you a less complicated definition…

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  (I Corinthians 13:4-7)

God created love…and He is love.  (I John 4:7-8)

So, if you really want to know what love is, get to know God first.

His love lasts forever…it never fails.

All of the other millions of ideas of love that are out there can’t make that promise.

Do you really want to know what love is?

Get to know God…and then love like Him.

 

This post is dedicated to my wife, who has shown me what God’s love looks like for 19 years.