By Stewart Linthicum
This may be the first time in my life that I’ve ever attempted to read through a large section of the Bible and look at it as a whole message. It seems that I’ve always been caught up in looking at specific verses or passages and failed to see the writings as they were originally intended. The NT8 experience has been eye opening in incredible ways.
You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.1 Thessalonians 5:5
Paul tells the people of Thessalonica that it’s God’s will for Christians to be sanctified. Being involved with the church for my entire life, I’ve heard this word “sanctified” talked about over and over. We must be set-apart. We must be holy.
During the past few years, I have seen myself become very cynical and jaded about life, the church, and my faith. Since early January, I have seen God point this out to me here and there. While reading this section of scripture it hit me straight on. I have not made it a priority to set myself apart from the people around me. I get wrapped up in the business of work and life and I slip right into the ways of today’s world. It seems that in today’s society, we are taught that cynicism is reality and that nothing is really as it seems.
As Christians, we have no reason to be cynical; in fact, our cynicism should be blown away by the hope we have in Christ. We are called to be set apart. We are called to be “children of the light.”
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