By Alan Smith
As he was drilling a batch of recruits, the
sergeant saw that one of them was marching out of step. Walking up
next to the man as they marched, he said sarcastically: "Do you know
they are all out of step except you?"
"What?" asked the recruit innocently.
"I said -- they are all out of step except you!"
thundered the sergeant.
The recruit replied, "Well, sarge, you're in
charge -- you tell them!"
I understand how that recruit felt because there
are times that we as Christians look around at the world and we are
out of step with everyone else. As we walk with Christ and
live by the Spirit, that causes us to say and do things that are
very different from what the world does. Everyone else seems
to be agreed on how to walk, but we are out of step.
We may be tempted to think (like the sergeant
above) that we are the ones who need to change to get in step with
everyone else. But (like the recruit above) we aren't the ones
who need to change. And we need to continue to walk in step
with the Spirit regardless of how those around us walk.
"For you were once darkness, but now you are
light in the Lord. Walk as children of light." (Eph. 5:8)
"Of course, your former friends are surprised
when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive
things they do. So they slander you." (I Peter 4:4, NLT)
"He who says he abides in Him ought himself also
to walk just as He walked." (I John 2:6)
If you feel like you're out of step with the
world, don't let it bother you. Just make sure you're in step
Have a great day!
- Alan Smith, author of the popular "Thought For Today," and
minister for the Fayetteville Church of Christ in Fayetteville, NC,
may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org