Except You

In Matthew 7, Jesus said, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.  But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”

Pretty clear, isn’t it?  Many go to hell and few go to heaven.  This means that, as a Christian in the secular world, you’re going to be outnumbered.  The weight of public opinion is always going to be stacked against your point of view.  You’re always going to be swimming upstream, fighting against the current of what most people believe.

For example, you believe that religion is about finding and knowing God, but most of the people you meet are going to believe that religion is about finding what makes you happy.

You believe there is absolute truth and it’s spelled out in the Scriptures, but most of the people you meet are going to believe that there is no absolute truth, that truth is different things for different people.

You believe that life’s true meaning and purpose is found in the spiritual realm, but most of the people you meet are going to be obsessed with celebrity culture…with movies and music and whoever happens to be on the cover of this week’s gossip magazines.

And boy, does this make for some awkward moments.

When everybody in the room except you laughs at a dirty joke…

When every salesman in the company except you cheats to get ahead…

When every person at the party except you is getting drunk…

When every person around the water cooler except you is in favor of same-sex marriage…

When every member of your book club except you wants to read Fifty Shades of Grey

When every person in your office except you is pitching in to hire a stripper for a coworker’s bachelor party…

Jesus was striking at the heart of this truth when he said, “The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world.  I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.”  (John 15:19)

One way to tell how you’re doing in the Christian life is to count your “except you” moments.  If you never seem to have one…if you can move about in the secular culture and fit right in, you might have a problem.

You may hate that “square peg in a round hole” feeling, but it’s probably a sign that you’re on the right track.



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6 Responses to Except You

  1. Larry Doggett says:

    Very well stated!

  2. Buddy Harris says:

    Good thoughts Mark

  3. bill greenwood says:

    as you know, i have experienced some difficult things over the last year and a half and it is not yet over with still more surgery pending in oct. with this in mind, i just wanted to say that your blogs have and continue to be a comfort. keep up the good work!!!

  4. Dolores says:

    Well said. I remember being newly married and leaving a party my friends were at. My hubby was upset with me because we had taken another couple and they wanted to stay. I gave 3 of them 10 minutes to get in the car and anyone not in it would need to find their own way home. I had not thought of that night for many many years.
    I think that was the 1st time I had such a big decision to make. It has happened since then but it never bothers me as it did that 1st time. Married 46 years and now he would leave the party also. Praise God!!!

  5. setechi Eli says:

    I love this, Pastor Mark.

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