This seems like an obvious fact, but you’d be surprised to know about how many people I meet who are feverishly searching for a place where no one can offend them.
If you constantly flee from offense, you’re running from the very thing God wants to use to transform you.
Searching for a place where no one will hurt you sounds appealing, but it’s a waste of time. You might as well seek out the opposite of freedom—captivity!
One of the reasons the body of Christ is stuck in some bad habits and some juvenile adolescence is an attitude that says, “I don’t have to take this—I’m leaving for some place where no one will hurt me.”
That’s not good for you, and it leads to spiritual imprisonment.
While you’re praying to avoid adversity and offense, God’s orchestrating the circumstances of your life to bring you right back into those environments so He can build your perseverance and confidence.
Here’s the bottom line: God’s not searching for perfect people, but people who will be “all in” for the long haul. The Kingdom needs those who will continually throw off the spiritual infections that enter the blood stream through inevitable offenses in life.