“Digging Deeper” is an opportunity for you to continue the study of God’s Word throughout the week.

“It Is OK To Be Different”

1 John 3:13
Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.

We are all growing. Growth and change is a part of life. Even as you read this, you will grow a few minutes older. If you are a teenager and you are waiting to be old enough to drive, this is good news. But as we grow older, we stop growing up and instead we grow old.

Are you growing in the right direction? 2 Peter 3:18 tells us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Growing in Christ make you different from the world. It makes you different from your past and different in the future. Everything about who you thought you would be is up for grabs when you grow in Christ.

Don’t be surprised when you meet some resistance. Don’t be surprised when you are alienated, isolated, and misunderstood. Don’t be surprised when you feel pressure and pain. Don’t get distracted… stay on target… STAY STEADY!

When you are hated by the world, remember that you have no real control of anything other than your obedience to God. Be mindful not to take matters into your own hands by following your plan instead of God’s plan. If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans.

CHALLENGE: Be different… follow God’s plan.