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No one wants to be an outsider. All of us want to be part of the crowd. We want to be accepted and “fit in” with our friends and neighbors. We find security and contentment when we are liked and part of the herd.
Fitting in is becoming increasingly difficult for the follower of Jesus. Civilization is deconstructing right before our eyes and we are actually becoming far less civilized. People are revisiting issues that have long been settled and decided. Leaders are making radical changes in our culture with no regard for Scripture, God, or even basic human morality.
If we are to live our faith, it seems we will do so outside the mainstream–outside the gate. We will live against the grain, walk the narrow road, and stand alone as we stand firm.
Find comfort and identification, believer, in God’s Word to you in Hebrews: “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate. So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.” (Hebrews 13:12–14, NASB95)
Live boldly against the grain, walk the narrow road, stand alone as you stand firm, for such was the life Jesus lived. He lived outside the gate. This isn’t really our home anyway, and what is here won’t last. We hope for and are seeking the city which is to come!