Different

One of the things that I know Jesus calls us to is to be different.  We, as Christians, are just supposed to be different.

Different from our culture.  Have a different set of views, a different set of eyes, a different purpose.

As I said in my sermon Sunday, as Christians we are to live a life that makes those all around us say – hey, I want that!  I want what they have!

Now, that life is not perfection. That life is just, well, different.

Ok, what does that different look like?  Here’s what Jesus said today in Matthew 20

But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus says it must be different among us. As Christians, whoever wants to lead, must serve.  To really show what a great Christian you are, we don’t pound our chest, we don’t see who can quote the most verses, we don’t try to “out holy” each other.

We do what our Savior did.  We serve.

We care.

We forgive – others and ourselves.

We love.

We help.

We are called to be different. We are called to be a little weird. In the world, it’s about power and fame and wealth.  In the faith, it’s about Jesus. It’s about service.  It’s about love.  It’s about humility.

It’s not about seeking our way. It’s about seeking His way.

That way of loving God and loving our neighbor.

Today, are we different? Are we living different from our culture? Are we living in a way where those around us say, hey, I want what they’ve got?

Today, as Christians, may we be different. And, in doing that, may we bring glory to our awesome God.

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