I come to you today with a new understanding of what it means to belong to Jesus. And I’m not saying that this whole time I’ve never understood what it means to be a Christ follower, but that finally the bits and pieces have come together so I could see a clearer picture of the beauty of it all.

And let me tell you, it’s not about us

Let those words sink in.

I’m not telling you this because I want you to be overcome with sorrow, but overcome with JOY. Because while it’s not about the imperfect, it is about Him, our perfect Lord.

When we realize that it is all about Him, He becomes greater in our eyes and the deceitfulness of this world becomes more clear.

A life revolving around Him will be different. It’s about having a humble heart and realizing who we are in comparison to Him. And in all honesty, there is no way we can even come close to comparing ourselves on the same scale. He is that much greater.

It’s not just humility but also repentance. It’s about moving forward. Our old way of living is behind us for a reason. When God calls us to Him, He is not calling part of us, but the whole. And we should always be pushing forward toward Him.

And it’s about being different, no matter what. As Christ followers, we cannot just stand by, we have to stand up for what we know is right (and Christ has given us a clear picture of what that is). We have to change from who we were to who He calls us to be.

So what I’m trying to say is that sacrifices will be made in order to grow closer to Him. But to be fully His is far more precious than the temporary challenges and opposition we face. I am learning so many characteristics of a child of God, and I can’t wait to share more with you. Right now, I encourage you to evaluate your life and see if you have a different mindset from the world. Christ followers are different.