We Are Called To Be Different
In Micah Tyler's song, Different, he sings:
And I dont wanna spend my life; stuck in a patternAnd I don't wanna gain this world; but lose what mattersAnd so I'm giving up; everything because ...
I wanna be differentI 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
I love this song because it is truly one of my prayers. That God would continue to make me different - different than this world, and more like Him; so that more would come to know Him.
But in my darker moments, when the enemy is really getting at me, I will be fully honest with you and tell you that being different, while it is something His spirit in me desires, it is something my flesh at times can fear.
Sometimes living fully different, makes me feel less like I am living fully and more like I am missing out.
Often times I know that I have not been invited somewhere because I am, different.
Other times people will edit or preface what they are saying in efforts not to "offend" me because I am, different.
And sometimes part of me wishes that this life walking with Christ was just a little less different than the culture we live in.
And if I'm being completely honest, left to myself, I could and would go along with the culture we live in.
But because my eyes have been open and my ears have heard the truth, my life has been changed. And now, I am different.
But my different isn't less. My different is infinitely more than anything I desired before I was made different - it is more complete than the temporary highs that I used to chase through people's approval, parties, and good works.
[Side note: My struggles with being different are merely a sign that my flesh is still imperfect and still at times (more times than I would like) seeks the approval of others (see also next sub-header). For others who struggle with this I go to Galatians 1:10: "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ."]
My Flesh Isn't Different
Despite the good news and freeing truth that I have heard and seen and experienced for myself in Jesus, my flesh still desires things it shouldn't.
And while those desires grow less and less every day - by knowledge I have that God desires good for me and by the power of the spirit in me, and the continual pursuit of Christ and community in Christ - they are still there. The enemy will always try to trick our flesh into chasing fulfillment in the things of this world because he knows that they will leave us empty (John 10:10).
The devil convinces us to chase fulfillment in relationships, success, alcohol, materialism, control, and on and on. But the truth is, we will never fully be fulfilled except in the pursuit and relationship with our God through our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
Living Different Is Where True Fullness Is Found
The only way to find true fulfillment and purpose is in living fully different. It's in praying the prayer that Micah Tyler prays in his song.
When we recognize the enemy's lies, living different becomes less of something people can point against us, and more of something we can rejoice in.
When we begin living fully different we begin to truly see eternal fruit produced in our lives.
I would love to know what challenges you face with living fully or living fully different in a world that isn't always accepting of our differences in the comments below! You can also subscribe to my email list to join my new His Story Not Mine community where we are going to begin having even more awesome conversations!