“What else will distinguish me and your people
from all the other people on the face of the earth?”
Moses had asked this question of God after He had threatened that He would no longer travel with the Israelites. It was a very valid query for without God they would have been nothing more than one of the numerous peoples of the earth with no special identity, significance or advantage.
We might well ask ourselves the same question today. What is it that sets us apart from the rest of humanity? What identity and significance do we have that others might not share? And does this shine through in an attractive and positive way?
There are a few answers against which we can examine ourselves individually and collectively as Christians.
Jesus said that we were to be the light of the world – something visible, attractive and helpful
- “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14)
- “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16)
Paul taught that the fruit of the Spirit – God’s gift to all believers – was to be characteristic of us all.
- “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Jesus was clear that our greatest and life-enhancing quality was to be love.
- “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
- “Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)
- “This is my command: Love each other” (John 15:17)
- “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44)
And Paul made it clear that without love nothing was achieved or gained in terms of the Kingdom of God.
- “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
To be identifiable as God’s people is not to claim it with our mouths but to reveal it with the quality of our lives. As we submit to the Lord Jesus and to the Holy Spirit whom He has given us His Light becomes our light, His love our love and His fruit our fruit. Then He tells us,
“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” John 13:35)
What is my light?
Lord please pour Your love into my heart that I may also release it to others. Amen.