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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Feb. 22, 2011 - Different

By Gary Rogers

“Wow you’re different from what I expected.”

Have you ever had someone say this to you? The “different” is not necessarily good or bad; it is just not what was expected. The assumption made was that you would have particular traits, qualities or characteristics; and then those assumptions were proved wrong as the person was getting to know you.

Categorizing and labeling people can influence all of us toward wrong assumptions.

People over and over referred to Jesus as being different and doing things different from what they expected. They made assumptions about Jesus that He didn’t fulfill. Jesus did things in a way that was totally unexpected.

Matthew 9:33 tells us, “And the multitudes marveled, saying, ‘It was never seen like this in Israel!’” (NKJV). When the little children began to get close to Jesus and touch Him, the disciples assumed He didn’t want them around. Jesus corrected them, saying, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14). One of my favorite verses gives the response of the temple guards for why they had not yet arrested Jesus: “No man ever spoke like this Man!” (John 7:46). In each of these cases, people realized Jesus was different from anyone else.

Jesus was different from what was expected. He did things differently. He responded to circumstances differently. When He spoke, it was different from the outwardly religious Pharisees, and even His critics had to scratch their heads and listen for a while. I love this about Jesus. He didn’t fit in anyone’s box. He didn’t do it a certain way just because that was what was expected of Him. Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit and followed the Holy Spirit’s leading. As a result, many times He was different from the expected.

Today there are so many assumptions about Christians. Certain traits, qualities and characteristics are considered the norm for Christians. Our society assumes Christians are ignorant and out of touch with reality. Christians are seen by many as boring, unfriendly and as killjoys. We must prove them wrong.

We need to quit giving people what they expect and be willing to be different from the expected. Christians should be the kindest, most loving people on the planet. Christians should have the biggest smile and the most positive outlook of anyone in the office. Christians should be in band, on the football team, competing with the academic team, playing basketball or participating in whatever event God has gifted them to be involved in.

Don’t be afraid to be called different! In fact, attempt with me to follow Jesus’ example and cause others to see something unexpected.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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