Are You Different?

In some ways we are not that different to our non-believing friends

Exodus 33:1-23

Reference: v. 16b What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth? (TNIV Bible)

Explore: My mate Xavier and I are very similar.

We both have to work hard to pass assessments, we are constantly juggling work-life balance, we both experience grief, we tend to yo-yo diet and we love a good laugh with friends.

On the outside we look very similar. However, if you got down to the fundamentals of our lives you would notice some great differences.

The way we spend our money, our time, our resources, and how we plan for our future are poles apart. While Xavier is keen to build his empire on earth, I am striving to build a kingdom that will last for all eternity.

It’s not that we have come from extremely different backgrounds, but the difference is that I have God as a top priority in my life where Xavier does not.

Application: In some ways we are not that different to our non-believing friends, and yet the reason for our lives should be exact opposites.

When God was furious with the Israelites He was happy for them to go on ahead without His presence.  But Moses was wise to see that without God, they were just the same as any other nation needing land and a future.

When we have God in our lives it does set us apart, as we are then called to live for Him rather than live for our own fulfilment.

Prayer: Lord, it’s so easy to be drawn into the lure of the world and to build our own kingdoms here on earth. May we constantly be looking towards you and living to fulfil your plans rather than our own. Amen.

How could someone tell you are different due to your belief in God?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

1 comment:

Moira SaccoDecember 5, 2011 at 11:17 AMReply

Hi Linda
Really like your comparison between believer and non-believers!! Great contrast that needs to be understood among us. Your gift in writing these devotionals is truly anointed. They are real and easy to read 🙂 Thank you for your faithfulness in using your gift!! Bless you!! Love Moira x o