I don't like dealing with other people.
People who don't understand me, who can't see where I'm coming from, who, in fact, think that where I am coming from is a load of rubbish.
Yet this is what I am called to.
Jesus calls us to be in the world, but not of the world. Yet, it has been said that, we act the complete opposite.
We spend all our time trying to not be in the world, whilst still being very much of it.
When Jesus calls us to be in the world, why are we hiding from danger? Why are we building walls around us?
We spend all our time trying to protect ourselves from people who we think might 'infect' us.
We aren't called to be separate, we are called to be different. We ARE different, with God in us, there is no way around the fact that we are different, and as we learn that we are the ones who have to open up and let Him out, others begin to see this difference in us, not because of something we have done, but because of what God has done.
Jesus famously called us to be the "salt of the earth" (Matthew 5:13) it can be said that He was asking us to flavour the world, but Cris Rogers takes it a whole lot further than that. He says that in Jesus' day salt was used on human waste as a disinfectant, therefore, perhaps Jesus isn't merely asking us to flavour His world, but to disinfect it. To go right into all the mess and make it clean, make it whole.
After all disinfectant is useless if it is in a bottle, if it is not allowed out into the mess, so surely we need to stop keeping ourselves bottled up, and actually spend time with these people.
Let us not cling to the places in which we feel comfortable, let us not always be with people who are so similar to us, but let us be like disinfectant in a messy world.