In The World Not Of It

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Last month during our trip through the Southwest, Pilot and I went through Roswell, NM on our way to Carlsbad Caverns. Although our intent was to visit the International UFO Museum Research Center to see if the truth really is out there, a tornado threatened to send us to the shelter beneath the Roswell Museum and Art Center where Pilot soaked in the history of the Robert Goddard exhibit, so we decided to get out of town. Fast.

It seemed everywhere I looked between Roswell and Carlsbad, there were aliens.

And this got me to thinking about those of us who belong to Jesus.

We are in this world, but not of it. We are aliens, if you will. Sojourners traveling through this world, waiting for the day Jesus takes us to our eternal home in heaven.

To quote Henry David Thoreau,  we march to the beat of a different drum.

The patriarch, Abraham, was called out of the land of Ur to travel to a place God would take him; Canaan, the land the Israelites called the Promised Land.

Abe was an alien in a foreign land. He was just a-passin’ through.

We are called to be different from the world around us. We are called to a higher standard. A standard set by God. Not a standard set by the culture that surrounds us. God has chosen us to be holy and pure. We belong to him.

This world is not our home. We are aliens. And that’s a good thing, don’t you think?

The truth is out there, and it isn’t found in a science fiction tv show. It’s found in the Words of Truth found in God’s Holy Bible.

Have you visited the International UFO Museum Research Center?

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But you are not like that, for you have been chosen by God himself—you are priests of the King, you are holy and pure, you are God’s very own—all this so that you may show to others how God called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.Dear brothers, you are only visitors here. Since your real home is in heaven, I beg you to keep away from the evil pleasures of this world; they are not for you, for they fight against your very souls. 1 Peter 2:9 & 11 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Insignificant? Not in God’s Eyes

After studying the life of King David recently, one thing that continues to rattle around in my brain, is the fact when the prophet Samuel went to Jesse, David’s father, and asked to see all of Jesse’s sons, Jesse did not send for his youngest. David. He left him out in the field tending sheep.

Did Jesse forget about David? Did he think whatever Samuel wanted with the sons of Jesse, David surely could not be a part of? Did Jesse feel David was insignificant? Not worthy? An afterthought?

It really does not matter what Jesse may have thought. What does matter is what God thought. And God knew David was to be God’s anointed King of Israel. God’s own chosen one. From David’s line would come the true King of kings and LORD of lords. Jesus.

King David<br /> by ~StarryEyes58

Insignificant? Hardly.

Maybe, like David, people have left us in the desert. We weren’t chosen for that desired position. We weren’t asked out by that special someone. We didn’t make the team, didn’t score an invite to the event, didn’t feel wanted or loved.

We tried. Hard. But we never seemed to measure up to others’ expectations. We never seemed to make the grade. We were considered insignificant.

It hurts. I know.

Just as God choose David, even when it seemed Jesse had forgotten his youngest child, God chooses us. God loves us. He has good things planned for us. He doesn’t leave us out in the field, or treat us as our sins deserve.

God’s love is not conditional. It is not a what’s in it for me kind of love. God’s love is not works-based. Thank, you.

When we feel as if everyone is against us, and feel insignificant, we need to remember the opinion which really matters. God’s.

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But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. I Peter 2:9-10

I wish you well.

Sandy

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