I was thinking this morning about being different. As I’ve been working on my first sermon for Asbury Church, I’ve been thinking about how I will introduce myself, my beliefs, my family, all these things that make me who I am. And I’ve been thinking about how we are all different. No two of us are the same, no two of us have the ideas about everything, the same passions, the same dreams, the same beliefs, even.
And, that’s ok. There’s something awesome about all us, with our ideas and own stuff gathering together around the table, worshiping our resurrected Lord.
Today, in one of the passages, Jesus talks about being different. And He says, not only is it a good thing, but that we as Christians are called to be different. He says in Matthew 20:
24 When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 26 It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
Jesus tells us today, the world understands greatness in terms of power. Who’s the boss? Who is the one in control? Who is right? Who wins?
That’s how the world works.
It is not so among you. We are called to be different. We are not called to be like the world. None of us are the boss – God is. Those of us that lead, lead not by our own wisdom or knowledge, but by God’s wisdom, and God’s knowledge.
The greatest among us is not the smartest or strongest, it is the one that serves.
We are called to be different. We are called not be the same. We are called to find life, not in our own life, but in His life.
We are called to love. To love our God and love each other.
So, don’t feel bad about being different. In fact, be proud! Jesus wants us to live different, to love different, to be different. It is not so among us. We are called to serve one another. And serve Him.
And, in these acts of service, though simple, small things, we find that power of God. We find the life of God. We find a purpose of life and for faith.
Though love. Through service. Through being different.
Today, an amazing, abundant day, an amazing abundant life are our there for that taking. Through Jesus Christ.
Today, let’s go live that life. Let’s find that life. Through His grace, mercy, and strength. Let’s love and serve with the power of God. And let’s find what it is we seek.