As Christians, we are called to be different. To be set apart, to not be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2).
We are called to stand out. But do we?
As Believers, we uphold a higher standard. No, none of the things listed below will get us into heaven. Rules and good works don’t save us. Only putting our faith and trust in Him will.
However, when we have made Jesus our Lord and Savior, we should look different than the culture. We should do things differently. Respond differently.
Growing in Him is a lifelong process, one we won’t perfect this side of heaven. But we can, with His help, become more and more like Him everyday.
Would others be able to tell the difference between us and an unbeliever?
In how we treat others? Do we have empathy and compassion? Are we encouragers? Do we serve others and treat them as better than ourselves? (Philippians 2:3).
In the way we dress?
In the way we speak? Do we use crass words? Tear others down? Use His name in vain?
In what we watch, read, and listen to? Or are our entertainment choices the same as someone who doesn’t know the Lord?
In what we post online?
In how we spend our spare time?
In our thought life? In what fills our minds? In what consumes us?
In how we deal with temptation? It is always lurking around the corner. Do we give in or pray for God’s help to stand firm against it?
In how we react when someone tells an off-color joke or mistreats others in our presence?
Unbelievers do notice our words and actions. They are listening to what we say. Watching how we conduct ourselves. Whether we…
– Walk in integrity.
– Talk about our faith freely or hide it.
No, it’s not easy to look different. To stand out. To not give in to a culture that tempts us from every side. To care more about living for Him and caring what He thinks than what our friends or family think.
If we’re honest, we’ll admit it’s a struggle every day. Only with God’s help through constant prayer, worship, and the reading of His Word can we become more like Him than like the world.
May we glorify Him with the words we speak, our actions, and the words we write. May we be worthy of the calling He has placed on our lives. (Ephesians 4:1)
And may we stand out for Jesus.
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