Monday, August 13, 2012

ARE YOU DIFFERENT?

It is popular today for Christians to want to “fit in” with the world in the name of “relevance”. This sounds good, but it is not Biblical Christianity. As followers of Christ, we are called to be different, because we are different. God's Word reminds us that we are “aliens, strangers, a peculiar people. ” We are different because we have been changed by the powerful grace of Jesus Christ. We don't fit-in with the world, because we don’t live for what the world lives for any longer, rather, we live for God & for His glory. We have separated ourselves unto the Lord.

For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17 “Therefore come out from them (the world) and be separate, says the Lord.
 Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” 18 “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, 
says the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians 6:16b-18

Does this mean that we ignore the lost and the lonely? Not at all. Jesus set the example for us. We are called to seek out the lost and the lonely and to bring them into God's family. But we don't have to look like the world to minister to the lost and the lonely. We don't have to fit-in and be socially relevant. Someone who is lost and lonely isn't looking for more lost and lonely, they are looking for something different. They aren't looking for a church that looks like more of the world. Rather, they are looking for a church that looks like Jesus.

The early church of Acts shows us that it is when we live out the "different" life in Christ Jesus that we will actually attract the lost and the lonely. Acts 2:42-47 paints a picture of Christians living life different from the world around them. And it is precisely this difference that attracted others. In fact it says that, "God added to their numbers daily those being saved." This is because the true seekers are looking for different, they are looking for real people who have been really changed.

Are you "fitting in" or are you different?


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This is a small excerpt from my latest sermon called "I'm Committed." You can listen to the entire sermon online at EvidentLife.org.

Eric Jones is the Lead Pastor of Evident Life Church: a spirit filled, Bible based, family integrated church in Gilbert, Arizona. Pastor Eric Jones is also the Director of the East Valley House of Prayer. 

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