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Have You Ever Fit Into The In Crowd?

John 15:19

If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

112015 Ray McDonaldHave you ever fit into the in crowd? Maybe it was the way you wore your hair? Big hair was in for women at one time. I grew up during a time when men – to keep their hair slicked back – used Vitalis. It was the Elvis look! The natural look – the Beatles’ style – became popular among some years later!

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? Maybe it was the clothes you wore? I remember when the style of clothes you wore got you labeled. I was known as a block in junior high school. Block’s wore kaki pants with banlon shirts. We wore Peter’s jackets with our name on it and Chuck Taylor basketball shoes. We weren’t hoods – who wore leather jackets. As the years mounted there were hippies and preppies and others who dressed certain ways to be in the in crowd (the crowd they wanted to be).

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? I remember when I finally got into the “A” club at Annapolis High School and got to wear my “A” jacket (I became an official jock at that time). I was never very good at any particular sport – still aren’t – but I could play most sports well enough to make a few teams and to play and enjoy sports later in life. I have some lifetime friends because of sports and later because I coached and officiated sports.

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? There were groups in our school that gathered together because they liked the same music or because they liked to smoke or even do drugs together. Certain groups liked certain music it seemed. I liked all sorts of music – so I could fit into most groups – music wise – but there were always the other things that went along with certain groups.

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? What about your faith walk? When I was in High School – some Christians began to meet in prayer groups and began to hang out together during lunch at school. The FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) became a cool place to hang. Youth group was a place where other Christians could be found in our local church. Young Life was also a cool place to meet with other Christians and some cool kids. I met a young lady I would date for a year at Young Life – my first serious relationship.

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? Do you feel connected to a small group at church? Are you in the choir – the praise band – a Bible Study – a ministry – a Sunday School class – a support group? Is there a place you feel connected? Is there a place in your faith walk where you feel accepted? We all need a place where we feel accepted.

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? Feeling accepted can be a good thing – if we are being accepted for the right reason. The right reason is not how we wear our hair or what clothes we wear. The right reason is not what music we listen to or whether we are athletic or not.

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? Today’s passage reminds if we love God – the world will hate us. We see this more and more in today’s society it seems. Holding to a Biblical position on marriage for instance will make us the enemy of the world. Believing in the Biblical view of the sanctity of life will make us the enemy of the world. Calling sin – sin – according to the Bible – will make us the enemy of the world.

Have you ever fit into the in crowd? Here is today’s passage in partial context. These are all words of our Lord – Jesus Christ. John 15:18–25 – 18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. 24 If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25 But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’ 

If I have to be the enemy of the world or the enemy of God – I chose to be the enemy of the world. Life is short – eternity is forever.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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