This morning at seven I got off work and raced over to Wal-Mart to get a few things before the kids went to school.
Right after you walk into the store there is a bench next to the McDonald's entrance.
On that bench this morning there was an elderly man sitting alone.
I smiled at him and said, "Aren't you in the wrong place?"
He smiled back and said, "I'm just waiting on my wife."
Normally, I wouldn't ask a stranger a question like that, but this man was wearing a hat and shirt that said Super Saver on them.
Super Saver is a big local grocery store chain in Nebraska.
Not an everything you need under one roof kind of store such as Wal-Mart, but still competes to win our business for groceries.
So as I was rushing through the store and even on my drive home I kept thinking about that man and how out of place he looked. In his yellow shirt and hat with Super Saver embroidered on them, he was surrounded by employees donned in the blue vests with the white letters across the chest that read Wal-Mart.
He was out of place.
He didn't fit in.
He was noticed.
He stood out.
He was different.
He didn't blend in.
He caught one's attention.
He was on foreign ground.
The thought God gave me before I even got past the smell of Egg McMuffins is that
this is how it is for a Christian.
In 1 Peter 1:11(NIV) says that we are:
...as aliens and strangers in the world...
And I love how the Message Bible reads:
Friends, this world is not your home, so don't make yourselves cozy in it.
When we accept the gift of salvation from Jesus Christ and invite Him into our life then we become a foreigner.
We are instantly different.
We become aliens.
Does your love for Jesus make you stand out?
Are you an alien?
Does the faith you have in Jesus Christ make you look like you're wearing a
Super Saver uniform in a Wal-Mart world?
When Jesus invades us we are not the same.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17
It's much easier to laugh along with everyone else at raw jokes your co-worker makes in the break room or just ignore the inappropriate e-mail you were sent instead of asking the sender to not forward you stuff like that.
It's easier to keep quiet on your beliefs instead of voicing what you believe during a discussion with a friend.
Blending in is much easier than standing out by choice.
Conforming to the world is the easy way out, but in Romans 12:2 we are told
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed...
My parents do foster care and last Easter my Mom bought all of the girls the same white dress with purple flowers.
She has done this before because it is much easier for her to buy the same thing instead of finding each girl a different outfit.
I'm sure this is what the Mom's of multiples do too.
But each child of Jesus is not the same.
He doesn't dress us alike so we all look and act the same.
We all have different talents and pasts that He wants to use for His glory.
We may never know whose life will be changed when we allow Jesus to be known through us.
So today my dear friends, let's try to stand out for Christ.
I don't mean for you to go grab your Bible and start screaming hell burning messages on the street corner. That kind of distraction only brings attention to oneself anyway.
I'm talking about being aware of the small opportunities He puts in your every day to show the world Jesus.
If we are willing, He will use us.
And just like the Super Saver employee in a sea of Wal-Mart employees,
because of our Savior we will stand out and be different.
Have a wonderful weekend.