who, through their obedience to the gospel of Christ [See John
20:31; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38, 8:35-39, 18:18], have entered the
straight gate and are traveling the narrow way are people who are
striving to be distinctive. In a world so filled with sin and
indifference to godliness, it is refreshing and uplifting to notice
the distinctiveness of a faithful Christian.
|A true follower of Christ is:
Distinctive in SPEECH -
The Christian's speech is "sound speech, that cannot be
condemned." [Titus 2:8]. There is a noted void in profanity and
vulgarities. He calls Bible things by Bible names [I Peter 4:11]. His
language is the language of godliness, not worldliness
Distinctive in DOCTRINE -
His consent is only to "the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and
the doctrine which is according to godliness. [I Timothy 6:3]. The
first century church "continued steadfastly in the apostles'
doctrine..." [Acts 2:42]. The Christian is greatly concerned
about abiding only in the doctrine of Christ [II John 9], and
will teach no other doctrine than that which is authorized by the Lord
[Galatians 1:6-9; Colossians 3:17].
Distinctive in WORSHIP -
apostasy makes it's inroads by changing the way in which man worships
God. A true follower of Christ avoids the vain worship of
teaching man's doctrines [Matthew 15:9]. He also refuses will
worship [Colossians 2:23], and he rejects the idea that man can
worship God in ignorance [Acts 17:23]. The Christian
distinctively worships God in spirit and in truth [John
4:24; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-2, 14:15].
Distinctive in MANNER OF
LIFE - A true follower of Christ always conducts himself in a
manner which "becometh the gospel of Christ." [Philippians
1:27]. The Christian's modest apparel is distinctive from the world's
dress [I Timothy 2:8-10; Galatians 5:19]. His entertainment is unlike
that of the world's. His priorities in all matters place Christ first
|What this world needs is more
distinctiveness! "...come ye out from among them, and be ye
separate..." [II Corinthians 6:17].