What makes us distinctly different as followers of Jesus? Is it the way we speak? How we fill our weekend? No. Being a Christian at work goes far beyond Bible-verse-emblazoned coffee mugs and promises to pray for people in the throes of overwhelm. These are genuinely good things, but they do not make us distinctly different.
As followers of Jesus we are called to live, work, and succeed in the marketplace—in the world—and yet, not be defined by it. Paul charges the readers of his letter to the Romans, which includes us today, not to conform to the “pattern of this world.” When we do, we are unable “to test and approve what God’s will is.” So what makes us distinctly different as followers of Jesus is what can be seen through our habits. It’s how we think. It’s how we consistently interact with others. And it’s what we value. These are the things in life that determine how we work and, ultimately, who we become.
What makes you distinctly different as a follower of Jesus? Where might you be in need of a values realignment or course correction?