Read Romans 12:1-2
1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (NLT)
Some people have thermometers hanging on their wall. Thermometers are pretty simple instruments. They reflect the environment. If it is hot they tell you how hot it is and likewise in cold weather. A thermostat is quite different. It is a very powerful instrument in that it actually affects your environment. It acts to regulate temperature not just reflect it. A thermostat can make a room hotter or cooler rather than just telling you how hot or cold it is.
Christians are called to be thermostats rather than thermometers. We are to not just be like everyone else but be agents of change in our community. This doesn’t mean we become weirdly eccentric. Nor does it mean we seek to so blend in and fit in with our community that we lose any distinctiveness. Jesus says we are ‘salt’ and we dare not lose our taste.
Ideally, our families, workplaces, community groups, neighbourhoods, ought to be better places to be when we are in them. The values and perspectives of Jesus are meant to make life better for others. The nature of our lives may prompt others to explore what is positively different about us. There may be open doors for talking about Jesus.
Which won’t happen if we are no different to everyone else. Which won’t happen if we are so obnoxiously different from everyone else.