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Walking the hallways of my workplace, one might confuse the high school for a hunting, fishing and camping warehouse store. The theme of this particular dress-up day was camouflage.

The purpose of camouflage wear is to … camouflage oneself into the outdoors environment. It can allow a person to not be visible to others. Camouflage can hide a person from the creature one is hunting.

Reflective wear is different. It is worn to alert others to one’s presence. It is to keep the wearer safe and visible. When one wears reflective wear while hunting it is to alert other hunters to their presence.

Later I thought about camo and reflective wear in terms of our Christian walk. One being to help us blend in and the other to help us stand out. The thing is, as followers of Christ, we have not been called to blend in, but to stand out.

“Do not be conformed to this world,
but be transformed by the renewal of your mind …”

This transformation process is like the metamorphosis that a caterpillar goes though to emerge as a butterfly … no longer who or what it once was. The transformation is complete, and it is a new creature who emerges. So too, accepting the love of God into our lives changes us, transforming us into someone who 1 Peter 2:9 (some versions) calls peculiar.

This transformation is life changing. It affects every part of our who we are. It is something that happens instantaneously and day by day, all at the same time.

God does not call us to be his own, yet to blend in so well that he is not visible. We are to reflect the one who made us his own.

 

 

 

 

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