According to that prestigious resource, dictionary.com, to be distinct means to be ‘not the same; seperate; different in nature or quality; unquestionably exceptional or notable.’
As with most blog posts, I cannot claim originality, but I want to share this because it’s been so helpful to me. The content is taken from a talk by Phil Davies, who in turn relied upon Vaughan Roberts’ book, Distinctives. It’s a list of some contrasts between those who are disciples of Jesus and those who aren’t. No doubt you could add many more, so please do if you think of any – i’d love to hear them…
PERSPECTIVE in a world that lives for the moment.
WHOLE-HEARTEDNESS in a world that couldn’t care less.
SELF-CONTROL in a world where anything goes.
ENCOURAGEMENT in a world of cynicism.
JOY in a world that just wants to have fun.
PERSEVERANCE in a world that gives up.
PATIENCE in a world of the instant.
INTEGRITY in a world that turns a blind eye.
PURITY in a world that says ‘just do it’.
SERVICE in a world that looks after number one.
CONTENTMENT in a world that never has enough.
This is what Jesus prayed for me and you if you are saved…
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. John 17v 14-19