13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
If you are a child of God and have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, then there was a time in your life that you made a conscience decision to follow Jesus Christ. You and I were once far off but the saving blood of Jesus Christ brought us near. So near that we stand today as children in His Kingdom. But I want us to understand this adoption brings about a whole new mindset regarding the world. The wall of separation mentioned here in verse 14 speaks of the wall of separation between the Jews and the Gentiles. This wall is a great wall and has resulted in much hardship and struggle. The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross tore down this wall of separation through faith in Jesus Christ and made all believers brothers and sisters in Christ. However, there still exists a wall of separation between children of God and the world. If you are living for Jesus and not the world you will be offensive to those who are engulfed in the world and worldly things. Have you ever discussed with a co-worker, family member, or friend why you don't do this or that? Suddenly a rage comes upon them and you have absolutely made them furious because you are not smoking or drinking or having sex or whatever it might be because of your love for Jesus. "You are a Jesus freak and that is all you care about!" Well, yeah! But the reality is you have not said anything about them what they are doing yet you have offended. Your words become a mirror to them and they are offended. You did not intend it to be about them. The power of God is amazing and that is how He works. Your conversation does not have to be about sin. I have heard this statement said to someone pretty close to me, "all you ever want to talk about is Jesus Christ. It is always Jesus did this or Jesus did that, I mean you can't have a normal conversation." So who defines normal? The world wants to define normal and they want their definition to be the one in webster's and used by all, in fact they down right demand it. However, the book opened at the judgement seat of Christ will not be webster's dictionary. The BIBLE well be the book used to evaluate our life. If your life offends people, then be reminded there still exists a wall of separation between us and the world and it is only through the blood of Jesus that the wall is torn down. So be different. Walk the walk and make sure that the world is offended and your Savior.
Reaching for Him,
Brother Big Daddy
Loving Jesus With All I Got