Whatever the difference—the difference is what makes us stand out. We must be different to make a difference. God uses Christians because we are called to be different. We have been called “out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). Light shines in darkness. We must be different.
Different is uncomfortable. Following Jesus means taking up our cross (Luke 9:23). Following Jesus brings the world’s rejection (II Timothy 3:12). Temptation to compromise in the heat of adversity can seem overwhelming. But we must not conform to this world. Instead, we must be transformed. Only then can we truly make a difference and prove that God’s way is “good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). It is when we stand firm under pressure that our light shines brightest and makes the biggest difference in the lives of others.
We are most like Jesus when we are different. Jesus was different. His life on earth was unique—totally different from that of any human being who has ever walked the face of the earth. He was not what the religious leaders expected of the Messiah. They soon came to hate Him. Eventually, they rejected and crucified Him. More than any other, Jesus endured the world’s rejection. But, He did not compromise even in the indescribable anguish of the garden, or in the hours of suffering on the cross.
Being different made all the difference. Our sinless Savior was vindicated by the Father when He was resurrected on the third day and declared with power to be the Son of God (Romans 1:4). No one has ever made such a difference as did Jesus our Lord. No one has even come close. Concerning the difference Jesus made on human history, the half has never yet been told.
How can we make a difference? Be like Jesus. Be different. Be holy. Be a light in the midst of darkness. Be cool when tempers soar. Be kind in the midst of cruelty and hatred. Be humble when arrogant people seem to be getting ahead. Be righteous when the wicked seem to proper. Dare to be like Jesus in word, thought, and deed. You will be different and your life will make a difference to the glory of God.