How many times has something like this happened to you: You are talking with a friend or acquaintance who is not a Christian, and the topic of God, Christ, the Bible, or the church comes up. Or maybe this person said, “The Lord has sure been good to me.” Or something like, “God sure works in mysterious ways.” Or even, “That is a miracle.” And instead of using that opportunity to teach them, you simply shrugged your shoulders or raised your eyebrows, or something like that. Later, as you thought about what had happened, you said to yourself, “I should have said something about that.” But you didn’t!
(1 Peter 2:9) “But 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 marvellous light:” I have heard people quote the aforementioned verse, only to end it by saying “Christians are to be different.” While that statement is true, we need to understand why we are to be different, and in which ways we are to be different. Simply saying “we are to be peculiar” doesn’t cut in it. The book of 1 Timothy very clearly gives us an outline of how we are to be different. (1Timothy 4:12) “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” Let’s examine these in more detai:
“Once upon a time”, these words have begun many a story or “fairy tale” as they are called. When one of our grandsons was a bit younger, he would begin a story with “when I was a baby”. Nothing wrong with stories, they help us to convey concepts and ideas to people. They are also used to entertain and amuse. Sometimes, this is a great way to be taken away from the cares and concerns of this world.
Usually when a preacher mentions the things that I am going to mention in this article, he becomes really unpopular. But, as most preachers, we recognize the importance of what I am about to mention and will be able to bear such unpopularity, hopefully for only a short while. Most of this comes from an article I read in the Northside Anchor bulletin from Calhoun, GA. “Have we allowed our eyes to adjust to darkness?” by Ron Hall.