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Reality is not what we make it.

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I’ve lived my life on the outskirts of society.  Having been taught from an early age that I do not belong in this world (and that teaching continues to this day).  There is no depression within me regarding this anymore.  I find it comforting.  Let me expound on this just a bit.

There is, and has been, a place where the name of God has supreme love and importance.  In this place it is no shame to bring Him and His ways up at a dinner.  It is no shame to mention the name of His Son, Jesus.  In fact, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are about all you’ll hear in any gathering.  This place has been before the creation of the world and will be after this world is gone.

I thank the Lord that He has not allowed me to “fit in”.  And I will make no plans to assimilate into society.  As it is with all God’s people, I take specific pride in being shunned because I don’t talk like the world.  I reject the idea that this world is an important place, unless what you mean is that the world is important to test the souls of those who live here.  New clothes, new cars, the latest fad, sports, creating a great personal empire, and the flexing of power (regardless what power means to the world), these things have absolutely no draw to me anymore.  It’s not as though I woke up one morning and decided to think like this.  But the more I consider the reality of eternity NOW, the more I see the folly of temporary desires.

There were many years when all those things and so much more held my attention.  Those years are now counted as my shame.  In that place where God is singularly important resides my desire and hope.  Jesus is my God, savior and friend.  I count no man as pure or honest unless we consider his honesty and purity to reside in Jesus his Lord. 

This world is fast becoming a place where everything is true in it’s own right.  This too I reject.  There is one truth, God’s will.  All other ways, things, and attitudes belong to this world and will pass in time.  To be sure, I don’t hate the people of this world.  I hate the lies the world adopts.  And I see so very many accepting partial truth, partial God’s will.   Each man’s work will be shown for what it is.

This post will ruffle feathers.  It’s impossible to find the desire to care what people think of this post.  The Godly people will know what I’m speaking about.  The world will read this and consider me a fool.  My response to being labled a fool is:   “You’re absolutely right”.  I am a fool who trusts in the one source of wisdom.   “Woe to you when all men speak well of you,   for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets”. (Luke 6: 26) 

I must admit, many speak ill of me for things I’ve done.  But I find those same people strangely silent when I turn my life around and speak the things of God.  Some would say, “From one extreme to another, why can’t you just mellow out and get in the middle of life”?  Go ahead and stay in your middle.  I have no problem with that.  It’s your life.  But no matter how much I searched the Bible, I didn’t find God saying it was a good thing to be luke warm. 

So I welcome being on the outskirts.  The Lord I serve was crucified because He didn’t fit in.  How should I expect anything more from the world?  By His Great Grace, I will live in that place where He is not a shame.  It is His place.  And, as I read it, all who are ashamed of Him in this world, will be rejected for eternity.  So let me share in His “so called shame”.

By His Grace

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Written by buttermilk80

May 12, 2010 at 9:24 am

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