“If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you do that too?” I remember replying “yes” to that question when my mom asked it, as she tried to persuade me not to follow the crowd. Her point was that “everyone else is doing it” is bad reasoning.

Unfortunately, years after Israel conquered and settled into the Promised Land, they also settled into the comparison trap. They began looking around at the other pagan nations, envying their leadership. Instead of running things the way God wanted it, they decided they wanted an earthly king. Listen to what they told the prophet Samuel…

“‘Look,’ they told him, ‘you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.’”

“We want to be like the nations around us. Our king will judge us and lead us into battle.”

— 1 Samuel 8:5, 20 NLT —

“I want to be like everyone else” is always bad motivation. Christians are called to be set apart. Being “set apart” doesn’t mean we live like snobs, looking down our noses at others, it just means we operate differently.

Take some time today to think through any areas in your life that may be driven by your desire to be like other people: parenting style, relationship status, finances, potential purchases, where you live, how you dress… The list could go on and on.

Be yourself. Honor God. Do what’s right no matter the cost.

God will always honor that lifestyle.


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