There are very few people who generally enjoy standing out form the rest of humanity. There is something comforting about being one of a crowd. We like the security of believing or knowing that we are not really all that different from everyone else! However, this sort of an attitude can be a problem when it comes to our Christian life. It is crucial that we recognize that there are certain things that we have no control over and one of these is the nature of Christianity.

Jesus tells His disciples that one of the goals of their lives must be to stand out from the crowd according to the basic principles by which they live. Though most people in the world will espouse the same basic principles, the way in which they, the disciples live them, must be radically different to the point of aiming for radical perfection. Earlier in this chapter we have heard Jesus teaching us that our righteousness must be deeper than that of the Scribes and Pharisees. This is only possible by the grace of God as on our own we will not be able to overcome temptation and sin.

A Christian must be different to the rest of humanity who do not know Christ as his or her focus must be the promise and reality of eternal life and not the mere pleasures of this earthly existence. The promise of eternal life is the one that under girds all that a Christian will do and, as such will govern their lives. Jesus calls His disciples, and we who follow in their footsteps, to be beacons in a world of indifference and mediocrity, calling humanity to a higher calling – faith in God and a life lived according to His will.

This is a call to be radical. This is a call to put aside the cares of the world and focus upon the Kingdom of God and all that it promises to us. This is not easy as it is not as concrete as the pleasures of the world – the here and now that we can touch and interact with in a physical fashion. If we read the Gospel of John we will discover that Jesus constantly comes back to one theme, namely that He has come to do what God the Father wants Him to do. Here is the key to a radical way of life – discover the will of God for you and be obedient to it! This is the ultimate secret of the saints. They are no different to you and me. All they have done is exactly that – listened to God’s word for their lives and done their best to put it into action.

When was the last time that I consulted God regarding what I am doing with my life? Am I truly following His will for my life or am I more concerned with what I want, rather than what He wants?

Lord Jesus, you lived in total obedience to your Father’s will. I know that He has a plan for my life too. Help me to discover it and to follow it for the rest of my life. I pray that my life will be a radical witness of His love for me and all men and women.