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Are you “that kind” of Christian?

Joseph was a very handsome and well-built young man, and Potiphar’s wife soon began to look at him lustfully. “Come sleep with me,” she demanded. But Joseph refused. She came and grabbed him by his cloak, demanding, “Come on, sleep with me!” Joseph tore himself away, but he left his cloak in her hand as he ran from the house. (Genesis 39:6-8; 12 NLT)

“Joseph tore himself away…”

These words kept echoing in my mind. From what have I torn myself? Negative thoughts. Sinful habits. Godless relationships.

“Joseph tore himself away…”

To shred into two. To separate. Joseph tore himself away from the wickedness of lust and adultery. He separated himself from sin.

To break forcefully. Tearing requires effort.  Joseph fought to be separated from the sin that had grabbed him.

I remember when I left my childhood best friend at a club. We had established I wasn’t OK going, but as the driver, she went anyway. I walked in and instantly knew I didn’t belong there. I saw the behavior: the drunkenness, the vulgar dancing, the music thundering with curses and derogatory statements. I saw the atmosphere’s filth build up and try to pour inside my spirit like poison.

“It’s okay,” she said. “Loosen up. No one here will judge you for what you do.” I looked around. Perhaps not. But one day God will accordingly.

My stomach felt weird. I might vomit. Something out here is making something within me sick. Is this how God feels, I thought. Is this what lukewarmness is — poison in the body that Jesus wants to quickly vomit out of his mouth?

We were friends since we first learned to count and now we were walking out the club, arguing, with her proclaiming, “I never knew you were that kind of Christian.”

“That kind…? I thought.

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Being a Christian will challenge you to tear yourself away from stuff, leaving things behind. For Joseph, it was lust and his garamet. For me, wild parties (see 1 Peter 4:4) and a friend.

Does it hurt? Yes. Tearing isn’t  a small paper cut or the slow unraveling of a string. It’s the quick yank of a rope. A sharp incision upon the flesh.

Today, ask yourself: Am I “that Christian”? That Christian who tears myself away from ungodliness? That Christian who has torn myself away from sin to pursue His righteousness. That Christian who understands I’ll have to leave some things behind because having God is better?

What are the things satan has grabbed you to do, that you sharply need to tear yourself away from?

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