Someone out there today needs to hear that you are not intended to fit in. The pain can come at the workplace, school, neighbourhood, family gathering or corner store.
The Church is a body "called out" of something...the trends, the popular news, the cheeky humour, the gossip, the idols and vain interests.
We have a stink about us. One of the epistles claims that it is a savour of life unto those being called to Christ, and a stench of death unto those not being drawn by the Gospel.
One of the most evidently "born again" characters in the Bible, Peter, the Big Fisherman puts it this way:
First Peter 2:
9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
10Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Not too long ago I was indulging in a pity party about circumstances. Like the comedian Rodney Dangerfield, I heard myself saying, "I don't get no respect".
But then the Spirit interjected with a word as to my true situation:
10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Now I know that this is not news to most of you, but it bears repeating. You are valued, and the half has not yet been told.