"Out of this World" by Shelby Tucker

John 15:19 (KJV) reads: "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."

I have often in life felt hated by the world. Like the rules and the systems were only in place for my dismay. Like it was wrong to love and live freely and as though I truly could not belong. Before finding the love of Christ, this was a very scary thought to me. For when the world is all we know, and it seems to hate us with a vigorous agenda that we can't understand, what else do we have? Where is our hope???

My hope was found in Jesus! Jesus tells me that when the world is especially nasty to me, it means I have been chosen. That my name has been written in the book of life. That my place is in the Kingdom, not in the world. THAT LOVE AND TRUTH ARE WINNING! I remind myself that it's not me alone that the world is out to get, it's Jesus. For Jesus is the truest truth, and upon His return He will shed light on the world's lies, on its indecency.

The world isn't mad at me, it's mad that Christ has one more follower. It's upset because it knows it will be caught in its web of lies, that it's reign will not last forever. It's simply lashing out like a child not getting his way. So when I feel especially outcast from societal points of view, especially angry at the corruption of the system, and especially unable to exist within either of these, I keep my faith in Christ. Knowing full well that it is, in fact, in my favor to be "out of this world".