Sometimes, being a Christ-following kingdom worker seems to require some special ability, gifting or even superpower – and don’t get us wrong, having a superpower would come in handy sometimes – but honestly, making a difference for the kingdom boils down to just one, not-so-easy thing.
Although the word “holy” in the Bible has come to mean “pure” or “perfect” for some, it can also mean to be set apart, or to be different. God is holy because he is unique, he is set apart from all else. There is no one and nothing like him. In Leviticus 11:44-45, he commanded Israel to be holy. They were to be different than all other peoples, and God gave them laws and instructions through Moses to explain how.
What should different look like today? If people are to know us and recognize us as different by our love, here are some suggestions to consider:
In a world that wants everything now… be patient.
In a world that is hateful… be kind.
In a world that wants more… live with less.
In a world that loves the strong… help the weak.
In a world that glorifies self… champion someone else.
In a world that judges… show acceptance.
In a world that is selfish… be selfless.
In a world that is bent on war… seek peace.
In a world that wants revenge… forgive.
In a world that deceives… love truth.
In a world that is dangerous… protect.
In a world that is doubtful… trust.
In a world that is depressing… hope.
In a world that is giving up… persevere.
Our world needs people who dare to be different, now more than ever. None of these things are easy, they all go against our sinful nature. Paul asks us to take off that nature, and put on love. Swimming against the current is difficult; but if we are to advance the kingdom, it must be done.
Be Different. Love God. Love others.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)