“Different” is not a label most of us would like to have. We don’t want to stand out in a crowd, having people gape at us, wondering what in the world would make us act in such a weird way. One of the most courageously spectacular examples of being different took place about 2500 years ago. A megalomaniac leader had set up a huge statue in his own honor and demanded that all of his subjects bow down to it. It was the ultimate act of insecure pride. In one setting he gathered his most trusted leaders in an open-air event and commanded them to drop to their knees at the appointed moment. We don’t know exactly how many people were there, but hundreds or thousands would not be an exaggeration. When the moment came to worship the statue, every single person in the crowd prostrated themselves in worship – except three men. There they stood, all alone – totally different, in a sea of conformity. If you don’t know how the story ends, check it out in Daniel three.
Being different is something Jesus Christ taught about regularly. He insisted that if a person is going to be his disciple, they will conduct their lives in a way that very often won’t comply with current thinking. This weekend we’re going to study one of his teachings on this subject. It’s the kind of passage that makes a person wonder if it would be possible to live in such a way in our world. But it is. Throughout the centuries hundreds of thousands of people have lived distinctly different lives for one reason: Jesus Christ is their Savior and Lord.
As you consider stepping out of the mainstream and choosing the “different” life Jesus calls you to, don’t focus on the question, “What is it going to cost me?”, but rather, “Is what Jesus teaches us about life true?
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