Have you ever reached that point where you thought your standards were too high? A time when you have given your opinion or position on a particular subject and people gave you looks like you were an alien. Maybe no one had to tell you anything; you simply looked around and saw that people were doing the complete opposite of what you believed in.
As a result you start questioning your own values, beliefs and opinions. You begin to believe that maybe you are being irrational for thinking the way that you do. Maybe “it ain’t even that deep”. Who are you to think you deserve the best. Someone probably told you that you were condescending because of the standards you hold.
I am here to tell you: there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. Let them stare. Let them talk. In fact, get even higher standards than you already have. People are right, you are not from this world. You are nothing but a tourist on this earth. Your standards should reflect the Kingdom of God. Matthew 6:33 says
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
When you start positioning yourself in the Kingdom of God, you will realize that there are certain things you simply cannot do. I am not talking about legalism here, but there are certain convictions that will spring forth, certain standards that you will genuinely want to uphold. If you start to look around at what people are doing and become sensitive to the degrading looks, you will put yourself in a dangerous place. You may fall into the temptation of doing what others are doing just to fit in, but you are the only one who will regret it later. Do not fall for the trap. Stand your ground. Being obedient to God is always rewarding.
God has such high standards for us. I love the passage in Ezekiel 16 (Old Testament), where God speaks through the prophet Ezekiel. Here, God reminds His chosen people of their past by comparing them to a woman who came from a family without status and without hope, rejected and uncared for, alone and left to die. God took pity on her and took care of her. Verse 13 say:
13 And so you were adorned with gold and silver. Your clothes were made of fine linen and costly fabric and were beautifully embroidered. You ate the finest foods—choice flour, honey, and olive oil—and became more beautiful than ever. You looked like a queen, and so you were! (You were worthy of royalty).
God’s grace and favor poured over this woman. Not only did He provide for her, He gave her the best of the best; He turned her from nothing to a Queen. God wants to give us glory. He wants to restore you, give you peace and joy, give you love. He wants to give you that dream job, that dream house, that family you have always wanted… and then some. But we have a tendency to limit ourselves by what we see, by our circumstances, by the opinions of others. When what we hope God would give us takes too much time to arrive, we take matters into our own hands. We would rather seek our own glory and settle for the cheap stuff rather than wait for the great and mighty. We forget where God picked us up from and decide to keep the glory for ourselves instead of giving it to Him.
In other words, we compromise who we are, worthy of royalty through Christ, to meet the standards of this world. We settle and believe what we have to be the best: we seek one relationship after another, we take any job opportunity that comes our way, we surround ourselves with anyone to not be alone etc. But God is a God of high standards. He wants to set you apart and treat you like royalty.
I shall leave it at that for now. Until next time, go conquer!