Can you tell the difference

If a zebra was in a field with a number of horses, could you pick out the zebra?

Of course you could.

A zebra would stand out from the rest because of its unique markings.

If an albino zebra was in a field with a number of horses, could you pick out the zebra?
I doubt it.

Because an albino zebra looks exactly like a white horse.

An albino zebra IS a zebra but it does not LOOK like a zebra.
It looks like a white horse.


A Christian’s life SHOULD stand out as being DIFFERENT.
Christians should stand out like zebras among horses.

When our lives are INDISTINGUISHABLE from non-Christians,
we are like ALBINO ZEBRAS – we are not as we appear.

Can people we meet and associate with see a difference in us?

Can they see a POSITIVE difference . . . . .
one which makes them “want what we have”?

Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

A zebra is easily spotted among horses



About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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6 Responses to NOT AS IT APPEARS?

  1. snowgood says:

    This post reminds me of dear old Lot. He was living in the most depraved city, seemed to have “gone his own way” but even so he was saved. I think he wasn’t the best of Fathers either. You’re call to Christians to stand out is oh so true, but God has long arms to redeem undeserving souls…..after all none of us have any inherent merit.


    • Yes, God is able to save “to the uttermost” and He does.
      No, none of us deserved to be saved. None of us were saved by any merit of our own, but we enjoy an abundant life with all the resources of heaven at our disposal. Surely, that is all the MORE reason why we should be living in such a way that others will SEE a difference – a difference which appeals and makes them want the same. I know you agree and that you are a good witness to the saving and keeping power of the Saviour.


  2. Heather says:

    I appreciate this thought. It reminds me of a similar consideration I had on being a “Camouflage Christian”.


  3. Rob Barkman says:

    Very good posting…

    Phil 2:15-16 (KJV)
    15) That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
    16) Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.


    • Thanks Rob.
      The Phil 2:15-16 quote fits in well here. It seems the world is getting more and more perverse and crooked and therefore – since Christ is the ONLY Hope – the need for Christians to shine forth, reflecting Him, becomes even more urgent.


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