Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Being the Exception, By Sarah P.

Being the Exception

By Sarah P.

"God girl."
"Jesus freak."
"One of those 'church' people." 

According to society, Christian girls like you and me are all of the above. Sometimes, this bothers me. I don't always like being the exception. I don't always like being the twelve-year-old girl who sticks out in a crowd like she has a giant sign stuck to the top of her head that says, "Hey! I'm different from everybody else!" As Christians, we're different-or at least, we should be different than everyone else. We should be the exception instead of people who say they love Jesus, but try as hard as they can to fit in with the world. Matthew 7:13-14 says, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." When Jesus describes Christianity in this passage, He tells us that it isn't the easy way. Being a Christian is a hard thing to do. We have to constantly fight for every step we take down the narrow road, and every step makes us more of an exception to the other road. It may be easier to stroll down the wide path at first, but in the end, the narrow path is always the best. When you take the wide road, even though it looks fun, you have nothing to hold on to. No one is standing there to pick you up when you fall. No one will help you when you struggle. As Christians, when we travel the narrow road there is someone to pick us up-Jesus. He promises to always be there for us when we fall, and He will help us in our battle to be the exception. I can tell you again, it isn't easy to be the exception, but it's worth it. It isn't easy to go against what is wrong, but you have a Savior right there fighting the battle for you. In fact, Jesus has already won the battle for you. He conquered sin and death by dying to pay for all of our sins. He made it possible for us to be the exception. He made it possible for us to go against sin. He made it possible for us to be God's children! So what are you waiting for? Be the exception-do it for Jesus!


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