Standing Out in a Sea of Conformity! Part Four
“The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the crookedness of the treacherous will destroy them.” Proverbs 11:3
It can be difficult to stand out from the rest in a society where conformity is embraced. With so many people following the same trends and behaving in similar ways, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of conformity. However, a few qualities can help you stand out and be remembered. Integrity, honesty, and courage are just a few of these attributes. If you have them, use them to your advantage. It can be tough, but it’s not impossible. That is why you need to find your inner strength and let that shine through. Believe in yourself, and don’t let anyone tell you to do what is not God’s will for life.
When it comes to standing out in the sea of conformity, Jesus is number one, and that’s why he was a challenge for Satan to mess with. He could not be seduced by the obvious things, like sex, stealing, lying, and dishonesty, to which we often adjust. So instead, Satan decided on something much more subtle for the Son of God. The Bible said that after Jesus had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry; Satan told him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But Jesus replied and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:1-4).
2 Corinthians 4:2 says, “But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth, we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.”
What Satan asked of Jesus was ultimately moral because God’s law doesn’t say it was in any way wrong to make bread from a stone. Remember, after this incident, Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding feast. However, he refused to conform to the will of Satan because he knew that’s not God’s will for him to obey the devil’s command. Instead, He stood up for what was right. This showed strength and courage, which are important traits to stand out from the crowd. Brethren, what are those things that pressurized you similar to Jesus, whom Satan pressured to turn stones into bread?
Of course, conformity is praised in your surroundings, and It can be hard to stand out from the crowd, but it’s worth it. It can be challenging to go against the grain, but it is always worth fighting or standing up for what you believe. When you stand up for what you believe in, you show that you are unique and not afraid to be different. This can inspire others to do the same, leading to positive change. As Christians, we are called to be different and stand up for what is right. Therefore, we should never be afraid to stand out in a sea of conformity. 1 Peter 2:12 says, “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.”
1. Oh Lord, give me the strength and courage, which are important traits to stand out from the crowd.
2. I refused to yield to the will of the devil and his agent in Jesus’ name. Amen.