Sunday night, we were a little scarce on people, unfortunately.   There was some sickness and some folks were not back yet from the Thanksgiving break.  However, the Holy Spirit was present.  As usual, we started out our meeting with a delightful dinner of spaghetti, salad, and pistachio pudding. When Ashley graciously took the young’ns, we reconvened in the living room.  Les shared a quote from this great new movie (a must see if I do say so myself).

“My name is Temple Grandin.  I’m not like other people. I think in pictures and I connect them.” –Temple Grandin from the 2010 movie

Just a bit of background:  Temple Grandin is a brilliant woman with autism.  Some might think of this as a disabling disorder.   However, for Grandin, it is like a superpower that enables her to view the world in a new and different way than others can.  Her superpowers have afforded her the opportunity to be a prolific writer and educator, as well as many other honors.
Thus the question was posed about what makes us different as Christians.  “Christian” is a word that gets tossed around a lot these days, from Christian music to Christian organizations.  But, the question still remains, “what makes US different?”  Is it a title to be honored or some special something that we do?  No way!  As we discussed, the answer is really very simple.   It is the presence of Christ in our lives, nothing less and nothing more.  When Christ is central, the Holy Spirit sets us apart.

John 1:4-5 Even in the beginning, life was in Christ, and that life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

It is not anything that we do that sets us apart.   Instead, it is the light, that is Christ and Christ alone.  He causes us as his church to see the world in a different way.  Only when we die to self can we experience true and abundant life.  A Christ-centered life is full of love and grace for others.   It is a laying down of self and selfish ambitions and full submission to Christ, our Redeemer.   In Christ, there is no condemnation.  We are truly free in Him.
Thank you, Holy Spirit for this reminder and encouragement that we are Yours, set apart and free to rest in Your love and grace.

Towards the end of our time together, we had a wonderful opportunity to minister to a sister.  Christ is our Comforter, Teacher, Redeemer, and Friend.  It is truly exciting to be a part of His body, living loved.