What makes Christians different

1 Corinthians 13:13
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (ESV)

Today’s Thought
What makes Christians different?

This is a tricky one that is definitely answered differently by different people.

And there are a lot of things I could say. I could say that as Christ-ians our loyalty to Christ and his teachings make us different—and that’s definitely true. Or I could talk about the cross or grace or salvation.

But today I want to tell you an answer proposed by American theologian, professor and pastor John Leith. Why? Because it’s a practical way to think about what makes you different on a day-to-day basis. Here’s what he says:

“Christians differ from other people, not in what happens to them, but in the fact that they respond in faith, hope and love.”

This deceptively simple sentence communicates three big truths. The first is that we’re supposed to be different from the masses. We aren’t supposed to blend in.

The second is that hard things happen to all of us. Even if you say please and thank you, hold the door for strangers at the mall, give to charity, and go to church, you’re still going to encounter tough things. Very few people find a way around the gauntlet of life.

But the third truth is what inspires me and gives us something to shoot for. It’s that we respond to what happens to us in life in a certain way. Not with fear, despair and hate.

But with faith, hope and love.

“Christians differ from other people, not in what happens to them, but in the fact that they respond in faith, hope and love.”

You don’t have much say in what comes at you. But you do have a say in what comes out of you.

At breakfast, in the boardroom, at the polls, at the arena, in class, out with friends…

Today, be the kind of different that makes the world glad you are here.

By Matthew Ruttan

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