What is it that makes a person a stand-out? Is it athletic ability, personality, wealth, or beauty?

My grandson, James, loves to play basketball. I want him to have the same excitement about serving Christ. So I took the opportunity to ask him, “If Michael Jordan went up against a bulldozer, who would win?”

He said, “The bulldozer.”

Then I asked, “But what if you put a bulldozer up against God? Who would win?”

“Of course, God would win.”

“Which would you rather be, a star who can beat Michael Jordan, or a servant of the God Who can beat anything?”

He got the picture, and told me he was going to serve the Lord.

Athletic ability, wealth, fame, beauty, and popularity are nice things, but they will not make us stand out in the world. These things are very superficial. In God’s eyes, a stand-out is the person who has the courage to do what’s right, no matter what anybody else thinks. This person believes that God means what He says in His Word and acts on that belief. Nothing can come between this person and his or her desire to please and serve God.

Is this an impossible standard to shoot for in today’s world? No. There are men and women who are living this out every day. But it takes courage to be a stand-out Christian. You may have to walk away when others are talking bad about someone else. It may mean saying no when you are asked to do something that would cause you to make a moral compromise. It won’t be easy, but God promises to preserve you if you are faithful to Him. Stand up today.

The world has no room for cowards. We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die. And yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out to your daily battlefields, and no crowds shout your coming when you return from your daily victory and defeat. — Robert Louis Stevenson

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder