From the beginning, God has called for light to be separate from darkness:
“God saw that the light was good and He affirmed and sustained it; and God separated the light from the darkness.” – Genesis 1:4
“For once you were darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light:” – Ephesians 5:8
As we walk with the Lord and allow Him to change us, we should also allow Him to separate us. For some reason as Christians we don’t always anticipate the changes that are to come as we walk with Him, but His Word makes it plain:
“Do not participate in the worthless and unproductive deeds of darkness, but instead expose them [by exemplifying personal integrity, moral courage, and godly character];” – Ephesians 5:11
Don’t believe that something is wrong with you because you are separated. Instead, recognize the blessing and responsibility that comes along with being separated as children of light. Indeed, it may sometimes appear that you are missing out, but remember that there is much more than meets the natural eye.
Being separated is good. God separates for His good plans and purposes. Expect to be separated as you continue to grow in Christ, and realize that most people can’t handle being separated- they need to be with the crowds to feel secure.
People that forfeit walking with God in exchange for acceptance of the crowds only receive what the crowd can offer. Don’t shortchange yourself. As mere humans we’re all in need of something. Why forfeit the many blessings of the Lord for a temporary sense of security from the crowd?
I love this:
“Am I now trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond servant of Christ.” – Galatians 1:10
The thing is, most people are not around us because of who we are, but rather they are around us because of what we do. There have been few people that have stayed close to me as I’ve gone through various changes in my life. Most people are around us because we are doing what they do.
Grow beyond needing to be with the crowd. Grow without fear of being different from those around you. Don’t settle and conform. You can do so much more, you can go so much further if you get comfortable being separated.
Be separate. Separate is good.