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”?
You are the light of the world
Let your light so shine before men
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
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.
I appreciate this thought. It reminds me of a similar consideration I had on being a “Camouflage Christian”.
I’ll look for your Camouflage Christian blog.
I believe time is running out and Christians need to “redeem the time” and stand up and witness to the Truth.
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.
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.