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A city dweller was being driven by a rancher over a blistering and almost barren stretch of desert when a large brightly-colored bird scurried across the road in front of them. The visitor asked what it was. “That’s a bird of paradise,” said the rancher. “Pretty long way from home, isn’t he!” remarked the visitor.

This story reminds us of what it’s like being a Christian. We are citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20), and when people see us they ought to see a contrast with the world around us. Our character ought to be so different that people see our spiritual beauty and wonder what land we hail from. We are strangers in a strange land, for sure. But let’s be the salt and light the Lord wants us to be, and make the “scenery” here as good as it can be!

Matt Clifton
BulletinDigest.com

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