Meet the Rock Ptarmigan, which is also affectionately known as the SNOW CHICKEN. It a master of disguise and can change color to fit the season. This unique quality provides a creative way for the bird to stay away from danger like becoming a predator’s scrumptious meal. However, during the courting months, the male will remain pure white, despite its surroundings. This makes him blatantly stick out in a very brown environment.
His pure white feathers cause him to be seen from miles away in an effort to attract a female. This is a dangerous time to stand out in a place where food is scarce! Despite the obvious danger of being visible to all its adversaries, the Rock Ptarmigan stays true to its mission: To attract a mate regardless of the danger surrounding it on the tundra.
Do you blend into the world around you with a lifestyle that falls seamlessly into our culture, or do you stick out as a Jesus follower and break the mold of society’s norms? Unfortunately, we all probably blend in more than we realize. To fit in, avoid conflict, or pacify others, we hide our beliefs and try to stay neutral in order to blend in with the rest of the world. Why risk sticking up for Jesus when you can easily hide behind the veil of humanity? Many of us prefer to blend in, instead of stand out, for our Savior.
Jesus did everything but blend in. In fact, He stuck out so much that religious people wanted to kill Him for His actions. This did not deter Jesus from His mission and priority:To be led to the cross and killed for our sins. Jesus stuck out in the crowd when He taught, when He healed, and when He raised people back to life. Jesus shared hope. Jesus was compassionate. Jesus spoke the Truth. Jesus stuck out without condemning or judging.
Through His incredible interactions with those around Him, He stuck out like a white Rock Ptarmigan in a brown environment - and people flocked to see Him in the thousands. Word about Jesus spread all over. Jesus achieved this in a low tech world with no social media simply by standing out in the crowd. His devotion to His Father’s will above all else drove Him to passionately seek The Lord’s desires over His own.
Paul knew how essential standing out was to walking like Jesus did and directed followers of Christ to be different.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.
You don’t have to preach, teach, or sing out loud. You don’t need a bullhorn or radio show to be noticed. You don’t need to be a rock star, movie star, or star athlete to gain recognition for knowing Christ. The Rock Ptarmigan is none of these, yet is very conspicuous and noticed from miles away.
You can stand out too by just treating people with respect and compassion. You can be like Jesus by speaking gently and helping people in need. You can be amazingly conspicuous by following Christ and interacting with people around you the way He did.
Doing this may pave the way for someone to be attracted to your life in Christ and want to be part of this life changing relationship. In essence, you may become a beacon of light (snow chicken) and attract others to the Grace of Jesus' love. So be a chicken and stick out in this world and be known as a follower of Christ!
Responding in prayer
Gracious Heavenly Father thank You for Your incredibly well designed creation. Thank You for creating me. Thank You for Your Son Jesus Christ, Who stuck out in a hostile and imperfect environment to show Your love to others. Today, may I be led by Holy Spirit to be conspicuous and not blend into my surroundings for knowing You. Help me to be bold in my interactions with others that reflect Jesus’ perfect way. Amen.