Summary: A message on Holiness, and how the Holy life is different from the lives of the unbeliever. Holiness is defined as Christlikeness, not on outward appearance.
The Call to be Different
Pastor Glenn Newton November 16, 2003
“Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will
gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The burning sand will become
a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.
And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The
unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools
will not go about on it.
No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it; they will not be
found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the LORD
will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
I read a story of a little boy named Bron who goes to church for the first time with his
Aunt. He watches with interest every part of the service. Then the preacher climbs into
the high pulpit, and Bron hears terrible news. A brave and kind Man was nailed to a cross
a long time ago, and He feels a dreadful pain even now because people are not doing
something He wants them all to do.
Bron thinks the preacher is telling the story because a lot of people are there and
will do something about it. He sits impatiently on the edge of the pew. He can hardly
wait to see what the first move will be in righting this injustice, and he expects that after
the service somone will do something about it. Bron begins to weep, but nobody else
seems at all upset. The service ends; the people walk away as if they had not heard such
terrible news, as if nothing remarkable had happened.
As Bron leaves the church, he is trembling, His Aunt looks at him and says, “Bron,
don’t take it to heart -- someone will think you are different.”
This morning I have some disturbing news for you........
The truth is there’s something about human nature that causes us to shrink back a little
when we hear this news.....
What is it? If your a Christian this morning this is for you. If this morning you are here
investigating Chrisitanity and want to know more about what it means to be a Chrisitan,
then what I’m about to say is something you will need to consider and accept if you
choose to Follow Christ.
What is it? We Have Been Called To Be Different. REPEAT
Now I’m not talking about Weird, different. Even though some of us may fall into that
This morning what I want to show you is that Christ has called us to be different, different
from those who don’t know Christ, different from those who reject Christ. Shouldn’t we
be distinct, separate, not the same, out of the ordinary, unusual?
Christ was distinct, separate, and out of the ordinary, and he called His followers
to be like Him. We have been Called to Be Different.... How are you living?
Let’s go to the Word and see what the Bible says about how we are to live, or
how we are to be different.
First, look at Heb. 12:14 with me.
HEB 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without
holiness no one will see the Lord.
I wanted to share this verse with you first because there’s alot of people out there
today who would try and tell you that if you have been saved, then you really don’t need
to worry about how you live, because your signed, sealed and delivered.
Let me make it clear this morning, the Bible doesn’t teach that kind of nonsense.
By defintion, to be a Christian, is to be a Christ Follower, and Jesus said many times over,
and in many different ways, If you are my disciple, you will obey my commands. Jesus
said, If you love me, you will obey my words. A Christian is someone who knows Jesus
personally, who has a relationship, friendship with Him, and who desires to continually to
become more like Christ... to become Christlike in their words, actions, thoughts, and
“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without
holiness no one will see the Lord.” One of the ways to describe the Biblical word Holy,
is to use the contemporary word Different.
I need to make this point, just so there’s no confusion. I don’t equate Holiness
with long dresses, hair in a bun, no make up, and no TV on Sunday. Those are all