Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Oil and Vinegar

“For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial... Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord…I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor. 6:14b-18.

In the Bible, the word Belial personifies evil or worthlessness. These questions are meant to call us to separateness and righteousness in our pursuit of a holier way of living. We cannot live our lives one way and claim to be “in Christ” in another.

I love an oil and vinegar mixture on my salad but this mixture will only mix when continuously shaken and will never reside within each other. They will always remain apart never living up to the fullest potential of their integration unless shaken. Many times our Christian lives are the same as we present ourselves as one mixture on the top but underneath we are really another. Our fullest potential only develops when God shakes and stirs creating a flavor that sets us apart.

Righteousness and wickedness cannot reside side by side in the same heart if we are pursuing Christ in our lives. One will always separate us from the other and we will never have the end result of a seasoned life in Christ. Our actions must exemplify a desire to be set apart, to stand out and to stand for!

Why do we try to so hard to fit in when it is obvious He has created us to stand apart?

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