Everyone is trying to be different. We only need to look around our school to see just how people try to make themselves different from others.
Some people rely on the way they wear their uniform. Others do their hair differently. Some choose a particular backpack, and others rely on music tastes or the television shows they watch to stand out from the crowd.
God wants you to be different and unique too, but He doesn’t want you to rely on these things to make you different.
God tells us how he wants us to be different in 1 Peter 2:11: “I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul”. God is urging us to be different (be alien and strange) by following him. How do we follow him? By fleeing from sin (abstaining from sinful desires) and following God.
Living like this automatically makes us aliens and strangers – it instantly makes us different for God.
And what is the purpose of being different? Check out verse 12: “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
I’m sure there are heaps of ways in which we can be godly aliens and strangers in the world by submitting to authorities, and heaps of different ways that we can practically bring God glory. Here are some suggestions:
Bring God glory by obeying your teachers. Show them respect by doing what they ask of you (yes, even when they ask you to do homework!) Bring God glory by not joining in when others slander teachers or subjects. Bring God glory by doing your best in your subjects this year. Bring God glory by respecting your parents’ decisions. Bring God glory by not slandering your parents when they make decisions you don’t agree with.