"Christians make a difference in this world by being different from this world; they don't make a difference by being the same."
from Unfashionable by Tullian Tchividjian
This quote really caused me to sit back and evaluate my Christian walk. Do people see a difference in my life because I'm a Christian? Or am I just like everyone else?
The Bible says that the difference should be ...our love for one another.
But is that really what the world sees in us? As a believer, I've been given a new nature. But as long as I'm on this earth, I still have to contend with my flesh. There's a battle going on inside of me every day.
When I submit to the Lord and allow Him to rule within my heart, He works in me and through me.
- He loves the unlovable through me.
- He enables me to forgive when the other person doesn't deserve it.
- He opens my eyes to the needs of my Christian brothers and sisters.
- He stirs my heart in unique ways to fullfill the calling He has for my life.
My job is to submit and lay it all down before Him. Allow Jesus to be Jesus in me and through me. He provides all I need. And He is perfect love.
Are you making a difference in your sphere of influence?
When we yield every part of our lives to the Lord, we will be obedient to His call. And love in action causes people in the world to notice.
The world can't help but stop and take notice of the difference that ...love makes.