“On the day when I act,” says the LORD Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” Malachi 3:17-18
God had been speaking, saying that there were some who were robbing Him and speaking arrogantly to Him. While some were doing that, there were others who were doing what they were supposed to be doing and serving God faithfully. Those who obeyed Him, He would have compassion on and protect them. There would be a marked difference between those who serve God and those who do not.
People who are not a part of the church have complained at times that those they know in the church are no different than themselves. There has been times that a person has worked alongside another person for several years, and never knew if each was a believer or not, while both of them were believers.
Some of this occurs because many believers do not talk about God in public, outside the church. Others may talk about God, but do not live a life for God in any way. Their actions and words show anything but a godly life.
God is looking for people who will be different from the world. He wants to take you and change you into a new person.
As a believer, it should be your priority to live your life in a way that those in the world will know that there is something different about you. They will want to have what you have, because it so different and full of life.
The fruit of God’s Spirit being in you is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are things that the world does not exhibit very well. These are what makes you different from those in the world. The difference between the wicked and the righteous, those who serve God and those who do not serve Him.
As you look at your life, what does it show?
Can the world tell that you are different and a believer in Jesus?
Or does the world think that you are the same as they are?
If there is no difference, then you are not following Jesus.
I pray today that you will live for God; that you will strive to live by God’s Spirit; that you will allow God to change you; that you will be different from the world; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.