Friday, April 15, 2011

Im Not Better Than You

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth." Deuteronomy 7:6

I have heard from a few people that used to know me as the "good time friend" the "party girl" and the "out all night on the town person" that I have become stuck-up, snobby, and developed a holier than thou attitude since I came to the Lord. Because I don't wear what I used to wear, I don't go to the bar with them, or even out on a friday night, they have decided that I am stuck-up. Because we don't have common intrests anymore, I won't go to parties with them, and I chose to not harm my body with drugs and alcohol any longer, that makes me snobby. Because I know that I am holy to the Lord, a chosen person, a royal daughter of the King of the earth, and a treasured possession to the savior of man-kind, I am "holier than thou" , according to these people.

Well, Im chosing to address this upfront and with a somewhat heavy heart for those that think this. I have never considered myself, nor will I ever, better than anyone else. The difference these people speak of is me doing what the bible asks and the Lord expects from me: setting myself apart from the world and the sin of it. If this makes me "stuck-up" then I am sorry, but I will never go back to how I used to be. Jesus has set me free and put my feet on solid ground, I no longer need or want the shaky, uncertain foundation that the world has to offer. If that means people want to talk about how Ive "changed" or how I am no longer "fun" then that's fine. Blessed are those that are persecuted in his name. But, I just wanted to say that daily I am searching my heart to be made more humble by him. Asking him to take out anything that isnt loving or kind. I seek for Christ to continually mold me, make me into who he wants me to be for him.
To the people that want to bring up my past just to throw in my face, or to help their own convictions, I only pray that the Lord shows them the testimony of my life from where I was then, to how far I have now come. No, Im not perfect, I have a past thats full of disgrace and shame, but in him I am made new. Because I know who I am in the Lord, I know that I am special and try to live my life holy and Christ-like, simply does not imply that I think I am "better than you" or "more holy", that is for you to work out with the Lord on your own. If YOU think I am better than you, or I am more holy than you (holier than thou) then I would suggest that you spend some time on your knees with the Lord Jesus Christ so you can find out exactly who you are in him, and what he longs for you to become. Everyone can experience a better life through him, its just a matter of if you are willing to come when he calls your name. Are you willing to turn an about-face, a complete turn away, from the sin you are so used to enjoying? Will you sacrifice the pleasurable sin that will only last a season for the eternity of heaven? I pray you already have, and if not that you will.

Peter 2:9  
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a pecular people, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."

3 comments:

  1. Well said. I've been contemplating this same sort of post, for all of the naysayers in my life, and I commend you for writing yours so gracefully!

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  2. AMEN! I'm 100% different since I came to accept Christ in my life and I wouldn't change it for the world. I don't want to do inappropriate, dishonorable things just because someone else is doing them. Great job addressing this!

    P.S: I'm a new reader, and I'm loving your blog! Beautiful writing. :)

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