I’m Glad They Think I’m Strange

You may have already said, “Why does he want people to think he’s weird?” Weird is not really what I want people to think I am. Rather I’m going after being different or even odd. I don’t want to be identified as the same as what I used to be. I gather this thought from what I Peter 4:3-4 says: “For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banqueting, and abominable idolatries: Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you.” The description given above is the manner of life that I used to once live. I was busy living in the lusts of my flesh and only concerned about going to parties and getting drunk. That is what is meant by revellings and banqueting in our verses above. When the Lord Jesus Christ saved my soul I was no longer the same person. I didn’t want to hang with the same people, go to the same places and drink the same drinks. Whenever I suddenly quit doing what I was doing my friends thought I was very strange. It wasn’t very long before they began to speak evil of me. They became uncomfortable around me and I was uncomfortable around them. I am so happy now because I am strange to the world that I once sought. I so much want some of my old friends that are still in that world to become strangers to it. I pray that any of you who knew what I once was will know today that I’m rejoicing in the service of my Lord Jesus Christ. I have not lost by coming to know the Lord, but have gained eternal life, joy, peace, love and purpose of life. I still think of my friends very often that I left in that world and even weep for their salvation. I want them to know the forgiveness of sins that they can have through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.