Fit in, Stand out
As followers of Christ we are to stand out in this world.
Christ’s glorious light marking out our lives.
Making a positive difference through being distinctively different.
Fitting in & being relevant but standing out through godly living.
Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless,
children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
Philippians 2:14-16 NKJV
God’s plan is for us to shine brightly as lights in this world.
Like the stars in the night sky we are to stand out crisp, clear & bright.
Our lives need to be clean & clear to facilitate that.
Just like clouds can obscure the stars in the night sky so ungodly living will obscure Christ’s light shining through us.
How we live matters – always & in all ways.
We shine brighter when we rid ourselves of all grumbling & complaining.
Rather we are to have the attitude of gratitude, always giving thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Avoid endless or futile disputes (2 Timothy 2:23; Titus 3:9) & hold fast to the truth of God’s word.
Being hearers & doers of the Word is our daily objective (James 1:22).
Holiness & godliness in all things really does make a difference.
People might make fun of christian values & holy living but when they truly encounter a holy life it is hugely attractive.
Just think for a moment about what people say about someone like Mother Theresa!!
Shining brightly gets people’s attention, appreciation & respect.
Christ’s life was the most holy life ever & look how the multitudes flocked to him!!
May we shine bright so that we may truly stand out.
Shine bright for God’s glory.
- Am I truly desiring to be holy as He is holy?
- How well am I hearing? How readily do I do?
- Mediate upon the powerful allure of a holy life.
A song related to this theme:
Thank you that You long to shine forth powerfully through us,
Through the power of Your indwelling Spirit teach & train us in Your ways,
Make us sensitive to & responsive to Your word & ways.
Help us to be holy as You are holy,
So that we may bring glory to your great Name.
In the mighty name of Jesus.