Being an Outsider
It's hard to be an outsider. We were meant to be in community living life together. Occasionally though, we need to step out of the spaces we live in and see what new things God has in store for us. We should be outgrowing our spaces whether it's a place, a community, ideas or even beliefs. I have certainly outgrown many beliefs in my 48 years as a believer. The Apostle Paul said "When I was a child, I talked like a child and acted like a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (1 Cor 13:11). If your beliefs have not changed and grown, then you're not growing. But often when we outgrow a place the people left in that space may resent our leaving. We may be criticized, persecuted, and labeled as a heretic, but that's OK. Put that behind you the best you can and move forward. People who claim to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit will say unkind and untrue things about you just to be right and validate their space. Unkindness is the fruit of self, not the fruit of the Spirit. Sacrificing kindness to speak the truth or save someone's soul or any other reason under the sun is not how God would have anyone act. Those people and situations are like storms that come and go. Be steadfast in following the Holy Spirit wherever he leads you. Our space in on the move. We are people of the alter and the tent who are looking forward to a city with foundations whose architect and builder is God.