I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “that is as different as apples and oranges.” While both are fruit, their flavor and texture are very different. Some of you prefer apples over oranges and some of your prefer oranges over apples. I personally enjoy both, however, by winter’s end I have had my fill of apples and eagerly await the wonderful bounty of summertime fruit.
What about you? As a believer in Christ do you appear different than the world? As God’s human creation we are all human, but is your ‘flavor and texture’ different?
The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John. Revelation 1:1 NIV.
From Revelation 1:1 we begin to see a picture of Jesus being set apart and if we follow the path of Scriptures that connect with it we are led to John 17:19.
For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. John 17:19 NIV.
The word sanctify means to be set apart as holy and it is connected to a similar word that means to be different. We are different from the world because of our likeness in character and personality with Jesus Christ.
Growing up I didn’t want to be different because that made me feel awkward, and, well, different, like I didn’t belong.
Being different in Christ is part of your identity in Christ.
He asks us to be different and act according to His character not because he wants us to feel awkward but because he wants us to think beyond ourselves to a hurting world that needs to see the different we are and desire what we have. And, what we have is Him. Jesus Christ, who came not to judge the world but to save the world through his own sanctifying; being set apart as holy and accepting willingly the job God gave him to do.
Precious One, are you as different as apples and oranges?