When you hear a Christian say, “We should be different from the world!” or “People should be able to tell us apart from others.” What do you think about? Unfortunately the one thing that should come to mind first, is usually the last!
And what is that you may ask?.... Well I’ll get to that in a minute. This question has plagued me for years, what is it about me that should be different from the world, what is it that sets me apart from others? As Christians we all should know the obvious which are: I am now a child of God so this means I have a Heavenly Father and it also means that I will live forever and shall not die because of my belief in my God! These and other attributes are differences I’m sure most people can attribute to being a Christian and being set apart or different than the world. But sometimes we also have a tendency to think the differences that are talked about are things such as not going to the movies like the world, not wearing make-up like the world, not going out on a date night like the world, not having a glass of wine like the world (yes, I said it, etc.) I could go on and on! Yes, not doing most of these things can make you different and set apart from people especially seeing that most people today take part in most of these activities; but I’m here to tell you the real difference that should be noticed between Christians and the World is our “Love Walk”; this should be and IS THE DIFFERENCE that is referred to in the Bible!
Matthew 7:6 says, “You can identify them by their fruit...” Not the way they dress, not the makeup they wear, not how many scriptures they know, not how well they entertain as a preacher, not how many times they come to church and not how many boards or church auxiliaries they are on. (and yes, I know all these things CAN have their place in our walk, but the interchangeable word here is CAN, it all depends on your personal journey)!
John 13:35 says,” By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” How will people know we are God’s? How will people know we are set apart? How are we different from the World? “BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER!”
As Christians we must remember to keep first things first and The Newest and now the Greatest commandment of The Bible is found in John 13:34, “"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
As you walk out this Christian journey, don’t get so caught up into the religion and or the tradition of your walk that you forget why Christ came in the first place,... because of Love, why did He died for us in the first place,... because of Love, and what really is the only thing He asks of us in life,... that we return His Love to those whose path we come across!
Being set apart and being different means we are Holy and this in turn means we don't have room for things or thoughts that are hateful, things that are judgmental or condemning like the world, it means we love like Christ!
One of the most quoted yet misinterpreted scripture is Isaiah 55:8, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.” We interpret this scripture to mean when we desire something in life we shouldn’t try to figure out what God is doing in our lives, well even though the thought is true, we should just live daily and take no thought for tomorrow, this scripture is really talking about God’s love for the world. God doesn’t hate like the world, He doesn’t judge or condemn like the world, His thoughts of love and His way of loving is higher and greater than ours, thus meaning His thoughts and ways of giving us daily Grace, Love and Mercy are beyond comprehension to The World!!!
Love, Kisses and Teacups!
Always In His Grace,