You’re going to laugh, but guess where I got the inspiration for today’s post? Kittens (yes, I said kittens). Why?
Today I was volunteering at a local animal clinic, and I took five kittens into a room to get some much-needed exercise. They acted like kittens always do: jumping all over the furniture, falling off everything more than a foot from the ground, and tackling each other for no reason at all. It’s really entertaining to watch kittens just do their thing; they don’t seem to have a care in the world.
Once more: Why am I talking about kittens? Well, one of the kittens wasn’t doing the “normal kitten routine”. He seemed a little on the outside. He would try to join in the fun and games and then scamper away, having been shoved aside and ignored by the other kittens. He was always a little behind what the others were doing.
Physically, he was a little different, even though they were all from the same litter. He was smaller and didn’t have a tail. By all appearances, an outcast. So what does this have to do with us, as Christian teenagers?
The fact is, a lot of times we feel like this little kitten. Sometimes it’s because of our appearance that we’re made to feel like a social outcast. Maybe it’s the way we act. But, I’m sorry to say, as Christians we can should expect to feel this way at some point or another.
The Bible says we will face persecution if we follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (Matt. 24:9). If we are truly followers of God, we will be persecuted. Because we act differently from the world, we will be left out in certain situations.
Understand that this is because we live in a fallen world. People around us accept things the Bible speaks clearly against. Unless we compromise what we believe, we will be left on the outside. And sometimes, in some situations, that’s a good thing; because there are things as Christians that we don’t want to be a part of.
One last thing that is important for you to remember. We aren’t home yet. We’re just passing through. This life is short. Sure, it seems never-ending at our point in life, but everyone dies someday. That’s when we’ll go home. Paul says this in Philippians 3:20:
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.
We will face hard times in life. Just remember that God (who loves you) is there, watching out for you. Check out this song by Building 429, and pay close attention to the lyrics. Remember, we aren’t yet where we belong.
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