Fitting In

Photography by: Elyssa Radenz

    “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
    Romans 12:2 MSG

Sometimes in our desire to be “Relevant” or to fit in, we can become lost or even trapped in our surroundings. In doing so we can diminish our witness of Christ working in our lives to the point that people no longer recognize Christ in us. All that can be seen is us…fitting into the box we have put our self in. We no longer stand out, but rather fit in too perfectly into our surroundings.

    “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13
    “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

How easily we have forgotten that we as Christians are supposed to add flavor or shine “His” light into this darkened world.

We forget that being Relevant to the world means to “have a bearing upon or being connected to the matter at hand, or being pertinent” to the conversation or the task at hand.

Our task is to reach the world with the message of hope. Our conversation should be of how He has changed us from the inside out, and how that He can change them as well.

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About Jimmy Eldridge

I am a husband, a father, a son, a brother and most of all, a follower of our most gracious savior Christ Jesus. Who are you following?

3 thoughts on “Fitting In

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with what you shared. However quite often we’re so focused on being relevant and fitting in to Christian circles and cultures we become useless to the world.

    Our light is diminished in both contexts.

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