As I write this I have the TV running in the background. Typically in this situation I don’t really pay much attention and don’t really hear what is going on. Today this show jumped out at me.
It is about camels in Australia. Wild camels in Australia. Yeah — my reaction also. It seems that in the 1800’s camels were brought into the outback to help build the railroad. Since then wild herds have sprung up and it is very common to see camels in certain regions.
About 2000 years ago God inserted 12 disciples into the culture. These were men who had spent time with their master (rabbi) and had come to “Think, Act, and Be” like Him (Randy Frazee‘s terms). These Jesus followers soon stood out as being not “normal”. They were known as men who loved Jesus more then life itself. They loved others in a way that was unusual.
These disciples multiplied. Soon the entire Roman empire was filled with these “Christians” these disciples who were different from their surroundings. They stuck out. They loved each other. In a society where every man and woman was out for themselves these people took care of each other. They were kind.
Their lives were tagged with words like: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
So — how much like an Aussie Camel do we look? Are we different enough that as those in our world who are going about their business — we stand out amongst the background noise? Do men and women lift their eyes and perk their ears and say “That’s different!”.