We’ve all been there. In a room of people who make you uncomfortable… like you just don’t fit in – maybe at one point those people were your best friends or family. But at some point, their jokes stopped being funny and their behavior too coarse. Y’all no longer seemed to have much in common… because they just weren’t of the same Spirit as you.
School has often felt like that for me. I didn’t live the lifestyle most of my classmates did – the partying, the sleeping around, the heavy drinking, etc., I didn’t get or care to understand lewd jokes or pop culture references. Now, that will make you feel like like an island fast.
Here’s the truth friend though: it’s the way it is supposed to be.
In today’s reading, Paul tells the church in Ephesians that fornication, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, coarse jesting or anything at all unclean should not be found among them. In fact, such things – which are not fitting for saints – should not even be named among us.
You can’t be a part of that world. Because you were once darkness but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as a daughter of the light. And that kind of woman is set apart in every way. I know it can be a lonely place, but the alternative is filling your life with all these negative things (usually just for the sake of fitting in!) and there is no place in the Kingdom of God for any fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man (that last part gets me, because y’all, I battle envy every day!). May the fruit of your life be goodness, righteousness and truth.
Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Call it out for what it is the next time and don’t partake with them. I can’t promise you’ll avoid any of these things in the real world – in fact, you’ll probably encounter them daily on your path. But don’t stop and engage. Keep going forward. Keep shining that light of yours that God instilled deep in your soul. You were born for this.