NOT WHAT IT APPEARS


If a zebra was in a field with a number of horses,
could you pick out the zebra?

Of course you could.
A zebra would stand out from the rest because of its unique markings.
If an ALBINO zebra was in with a number of horses,
could you pick out the zebra?

I doubt it.
Why not?
An albino zebra looks exactly like a white horse. 

An albino zebra IS a zebra but it does not LOOK like a zebra.
It looks like a white horse.

A Christian’s life SHOULD stand out as being DIFFERENT.
We should stand out like ZEBRAS among HORSES.
When our lives are INDISTINGUISHABLE from non-Christians,
we are like ALBINO ZEBRAS – we are NOT AS WE APPEAR.

Can people we meet and associate with SEE a difference in us?
Can they see a POSITIVE difference –
one which makes them “want what we have”?

Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father who is in heaven

Lord, as we mingle with people who do not know you, may Your light shine from us in such a way that people will SEE a difference; will see that YOU make a difference: a difference to be desired.

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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8 Responses to NOT WHAT IT APPEARS

  1. mtsweat says:

    That’s a great analogy packed full of truth, good friend! It reminds me of the statement, ‘there is something wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.’ May we be strengthened to be the salt and light! God bless.

    • Thanks MT. We SHOULD be different and there is something wrong when we are not. We should be so different that people ask us why.
      Lord, may Your light shine from us today – and every day.

  2. Rob Barkman says:

    I canonly echo Arts comment.. If we are serving Him, how can we not stand out! .

    • I agree. *IF* we follow Him we WILL stand out, but sadly there are so many Christians who merge in, undistinguishable from the world. I pray I never fall into that category – not even for a moment!

  3. If we follow Jesus commands to love one another and to spread the Good News, can we help but stand out?

    Great analogy and scriptural reference.

    Shalom,
    Art

  4. ptl2010 says:

    I love the analogy meetingintheair. Thank you for sharing. I am a zebra with the Lord’s help and pray I , you and many more too, remain as “zebras” to the end, especialy as the evil days draw nigh.

    • We need to be 24/7 lights in the world which seems to be getting darker and darker. We are one day closer and we need to USE the time we have left. May we all be faithful in our witness.

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