I have a joke that I like to make at Asbury, that is more than a joke – it’s true.
I tell my people, if you tell folks that you are a Christian, and they are surprised, that’s probably not a good sign.
Our lives should be different. Our lives should be different from the world and the culture around us. Our lives have a different purpose, a different goal, a different plan, a different hope.
We are supposed to be different.
Jesus makes us that way. Look at what happens today in Luke 10:5-8:
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”
Zacchaeus was a man who was a tax collector, meaning that took up taxes for the Roman government. He was also able to skim as much from the top as he could through that.
In other words, he was a thief. And when he met Jesus, he changed.
He was different. Jesus made him different. Jesus changed him.
That’s what He does for us as well. He wants to make you different today.
Not a bad different, a good different. Give you hope, peace, joy, life.
Give you something worth having.
Today, be different. Jesus has life laid out for us today that is amazing.
Today, be different. Today, know His life.
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