Daily Devotional... Living The Difference

March 31, 2011

Arrested Development

2 Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

There is a phrase that goes like this. “If being a follower of Christ was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

In Turkey, Christian parents have reported that schools are not allowing them to withdraw their children from Islamic teaching, even though authorities, in principle, permit them to do so. Four years after the brutal murders of three Christians at a publishing house in Malatya, Turkey, attitudes toward Christians in Turkey have become even less favorable. According to a new report from the Turkish Association of Protestant Christians, the Christian minority in Turkey suffer discrimination, slander, personal attacks and attacks against churches on a daily basis.

All around the world Christians have to fear imprisonment, violence and slander. Here in the United States though we do not fear anything. In fact we live exactly the same way as people who are not believers. We actually don’t attend church very much. The truth is that only about 12% of American Christians go to church every week. Polls also tell us that half of these people are lying!

We get divorced as much as people who say they are not Christians. We drink as much. We have sex as much. So here’s my question. What is the difference between being a Christian and not being one? Here is the second part of that question. If there is no difference between your life decisions and someone who is not a believer, then why would anyone want your relationship with Jesus?

I know. I know. You wouldn’t want to be a freak. Or, would you? Face it. Superman was a freak. Batman… hardly normal. Tiger Woods… strange. Justin Timberlake was hardly a regular kid. He was a mousketeer when he was a kid, then he was with NSync… Now?

We really do want abnormal. To follow Jesus, the God-man, miracle-dude, halo-baby, means that you will be… Ummm… noticable.

Around the world Christians are being killed for being believers. You’d think they would hide the fact. Maybe some of us here, who want to live like everyone else should move to Turkey and spare their lives, while those who are not interested in hiding can come here and teach us what it means to be a Christian.

Thoughts:

  1. What about your life would make your friends say that you are a follower of Jesus?

  2. Evaluate your life in each of these areas and give yourself a grade that you think God would give you.

Love, sex and dating A B C D F

Language A B C D F

Respecting your authorities A B C D F

Honesty A B C D F

Faith A B C D F

  1. Based on your grades, are your friends aware of the change that Jesus brings?

  2. What specific things need to change?

Prayer

Lord help me to be an example of the change that you bring in the life of someone who follows you. Use my life today to spark a conversation about Jesus in their life. Amen

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