Have you ever wondered why people are afraid of being different?
How boring would this world be if we were all the same?
If we all had the exact same abilities, and all had the same areas of deficiency, what would this world look like?
The same is true of the church.
The apostle Matthew tells us about Jesus’ thoughts on being different.
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
Cannot be hidden…yet too often we try to hide. We are called to be a bright light in a dark world, but we try to cover our light. A city perched on a hilltop for all to see, but we often try to camouflage who we truly are.
Jesus tells us that we shouldn’t try to hide!
Matthew 5:16 – “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
We are called to be different. We are called to stand out. We are called to shine our lights so bright that people will take notice of how different we truly are called to be as Christians.
This week we’ll be looking at examples that Jesus and his followers left us of just how different we are supposed to be in this world.
In the meantime, don’t be afraid to be different. Don’t be afraid to stand out.
Don’t be afraid to shine!