Reading: Exodus 33:16
Verse 16: What else will distinguish me and your people from all other people on the face of the Earth?
Moses asks a great question today. If not for God’s presence in their lives, what else distinguishes them? You and I could ask the same question. Like everyone else, we woke up this morning and got ready for work or school or whatever else lay ahead. Like everyone else we will eat and drink today, will smile and say hello to many people, will return home and be ready to repeat it all tomorrow.
Moses is seeking to define the people’s identity and he wants to do that through their relationship with God. Our personal relationship with God is what sets us apart from many other people as well. As Christians, we are in the minority. Moses’ question makes me think of another great question to ponder: if you were arrested today for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
Our relationship with God manifests itself mostly in two ways. Who we are at our core should distinguish us from most of the world. Our relationship with God brings us a peace and joy and contentment about life. Our faith leads us to times of personal connection to God as we pray and spend time in the Word. It is a relationship built on love. This love of God and from God is what wells up in us and flows out into the lives of all we cross paths with each day. The way we treat others and the way we go through life should distinguish us from others. Our lives should lead others to want some of whatever we have.
“What else will distinguish me and your people from all other people on the face of the Earth”? It is through our relationship with God that we are set apart. May our love of God and neighbor be that fragrant offering to the world that draws others into God’s love.