SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

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As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ we are called to be different. What exactly is the difference? Is it something that we can see? Or is it just something that we say we believe?

There are plenty of people who think that what you believe about spiritual matters is private. In other words they aren’t to be discussed in public or the workplace. I tend to think that what you believe in private cannot be separated from how you behave in public. For instance if you believe Jesus Christ is Lord then you know that he is in control of every area of your life. If you think he is only your ticket out of hell and into heaven then your everyday life will not appear to be any different than everyone else around you. If he is in fact recognized as Lord of your life it will show in every area of our lives.

I had to take my car to get a new radiator put on it. I use to work with several older men that were in their seventies or eighties. One of them couldn’t hear very well therefore he didn’t engage in conversation very much. But once he knew that I had car difficulties he immediately offered to help me. He came to me and asked me if I wanted him to follow me to drop off my car somewhere to get it worked on. I told him “my wife and I would take it somewhere later, but thank you.” It didn’t end there, before he left work he asked me again, “are you sure you don’t need any help?” Once again I thanked him and told him no. He then went even further and told me “if you need me over the weekend just call.”  I said “thank you” and that I would.

The reason I tell you all of this is because I had never had a conversation with this man about “spiritual things,” but he in fact acted very different than everyone else that was there. Everyone would probably have helped me if I asked, but he was the only one who took the initiative to offer help. I claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and I hope that my behavior shows this. Although this man hasn’t told me he was a believer his actions convicted me. I think God expects us to take the initiative in helping others, and people should see a difference in the way we behave if there is a difference in what we believe.

Written by Louie

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