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Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)

Expanded Passage: James 4:1-10

“What is different?” was the topic of a children’s sermon my husband gave recently. With all the kids gathered around, he had them observe how he was dressed. Next, he walked out of the room where they could no longer see him and made some alterations. Upon returning, he asked the children, “What is different about me?” They were quick to detect how his appearance had changed. The children noticed that he had taken off his tie, put on a coat, and changed shoes.

When we are sinners and then become children of God, a difference can be seen in us as well. Once we repent and accept God’s gift of salvation, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in us. We become new creatures. This transformation may be seen in our outward appearance, our actions, and our attitudes.

James said to stand out and be separate from the world. Assuredly, the more time we spend with God, the more we will be like him. To equip us to be more like God, we are to study our Bibles, spend time in prayer, and listen to his voice. Because we are children of God, our whole demeanor should stand out as a light in the darkness. Instead of our day being about us, it should be about him. Let others ask, “What is different?” about us.

Let God change you from the inside out.

Denise Moore Greene was raised in The Wesleyan Church and resides in North Carolina. She enjoys time with her children and five grandchildren.

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