We Are Called To Be Different: The Call To Be Different Bible Study

In some circumstances of our life, looking around us, we cannot identify with those around us and that makes us want to be different from others.

There are other reasons why we would like to be different.

You have yours.

Although it may seem unexpected, the Bible occupies an important part of its subject, teaching us how to be different.

I would like to invite you to read with me a small fragment from the Bible.

We will extract a fundamental idea related to today’s topic:

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

And that is what we are!

The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

| 1 John‬ ‭3:1‬ ‬‬

Most Christians know this text.

We know it because we love the beautiful truth and the sublime grace that it expresses in the part that says, “Notice what great love the Father has given us, that we be called children of God!”

Today, as I was reading it, I was struck by the other part of the text.

The one that says, “The world doesn’t know us, precisely because it didn’t know him.”

After some thought, I understood the key to being different from others.

I wondered, how much does the world know me?

That is, how similar I am to the world as a system of values opposed to God’s values.

How similar is my behavior, tastes, hobbies, aspirations, etc.

To be truly different from others, to be different from the world, we need to become like Jesus.

And there I found the key to making a difference.

The goal of being a Christian is to aspire to the highest possible ideal of personal development: being like Jesus.

To be a Christian means to be different, in the best sense of the word.

However, when I examine my life, I see that I still have to look so much more like the Lord.

That is, I am not yet entirely different from most of the world, but I can achieve it with God’s help.

Now, what if we longed to be more like Jesus?

Be more loving, more patient, more humble, more kind, be more helpful, be more tolerant, be more empathetic, be more generous, less selfish, not be proud, not be vain, etc.

That’s what I mean when I speak about aspiring for the development of the greatest personal potential.

That’s what I mean when I talk about being different.

And I think it’s the same thing the Bible tries to communicate.

To be like Jesus involves walking with Him, looking at Him, imitating Him.

With His help, do not conform to the customs of this world, love God more, serve Him more, love more those who need Him, deny ourselves.

Let go of what prevents us from being closer to God.

It is always a good time to ask ourselves where we are in that process of maturity of our spiritual life.

If we are not yet very different from others, we are not like Jesus, but like the world, let us continue asking the Lord to advance his work in our hearts.

May we become more like Him and look less like the majority.

What do you think? Why would you like to be different from others? Share in the comments.

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