Live Different 3/31/18

Different.

Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

This is the last devotion of my Lenten journey. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing each and every one of them and I appreciate all of you for taking the time to read them. I hope they have been beneficial in some way. Today I want to give you my why. Why I chose to write devotions and share them in the first place.

The scripture above, Matthew 5:13-16, give clear instructions for living a life devoted to God. I think that for far too long I was trying to hide my light or turn it off in certain situations. Our lives are too short to turn off the light. We can’t afford to lose saltiness. Being awake to Jesus and His call is a full-time affair. It will not always be an easy journey but the glory of God is totally worth it.

What does this mean for me? There is a harsh reality that comes when you decide to follow Christ and devote your life to Him. We are called to live differently. 1 Samuel 10:6 says,  “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.” Being a part of God’s team means living a different life than the world. Ultimately, we cannot be the person we were before.

All of the devotions up to this point have been describing some form of Godly act. Roadmaps for living a different life. All of it pointless if it does not change the way we live our lives. Jesus gets such a bad rap from people like me. I proclaim God as my savior yet continue to live the life that suits me. I avoid uncomfortable conversations or uncomfortable settings. How do I change? How do I live a different life? I think a good place to start is in discomfort. It was not easy or comfortable for me to start writing these much less share them with others. Because I was so uncomfortable with the thought of sharing my faith, I knew it was what God wanted me to do. Much like other goals, they are more likely to be achieved if you share them. My goal is to live differently. I need the accountability. We all do.

There is a song that has been my anthem for this journey and I hope it can do something similar for you. Because it is so easy to hear a song and not the meaning I am going to give the lyrics below:

I don’t wanna hear anymore, teach me to listen
I don’t wanna see anymore, give me a vision
That you could move this heart, to be set apart
I don’t need to recognize, the man in the mirror
And I don’t wanna trade Your plan, for something familiar
I can’t waste a day, I can’t stay the same
I wanna be different
I wanna be changed
‘Til all of me is gone
And all that remains
Is a fire so bright
The whole world can see
That there’s something different
So come and be different
In me
And I don’t wanna spend my life, stuck in a pattern
And I don’t wanna gain this world but lose what matters
And so I’m giving up, everything because
I wanna be different
I wanna be changed
‘Til all of me is gone
And all that remains
Is a fire so bright
The whole world can see
That there’s something different
So come and be different; oh-oh
I know, that I am far, from perfect
But through You, the cross still says, I’m worth it
So take this beating in my heart and
Come and finish what You started
When they see me, let them see You
‘Cause I just wanna be different, ye-ey
I wanna be different
I wanna be changed
‘Til all of me is gone
And all that remains
Oh is a fire so bright
The whole world can see
That there’s something different
So come and be different
I just wanna be different
So could You be different
In me

Different- Micah Tyler

Remember, God loves you no matter what. This Easter weekend is a wonderful reminder of how much God loves you and how powerful He is. Christ died for my sins. He rose three days because not even death can hold Him. Remember that.

Prayer: Lord, I come to you this morning with thanks. I am forever grateful that you sent Jesus to die for me. And I am grateful that He rose from the dead so that I may live a life in a proclamation to you. Because of Jesus, I am now free. Free to be different. God I wanna be different. I wanna be changed. So, could you be different in me? Amen.

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