A man asked his wife to pick out some organic vegetables from the grocery store, so off she went shopping. A short time later, she came back empty-handed and angry. Her husband saw the frustration on her face and asked what was wrong. She told him what had happened. “I went in and asked, ‘Do you have any organic vegetables?’ The clerk told me, ‘I don’t even know what those are.’”

She continued, “I explained to him, ‘Organic vegetables are the ones that haven’t been sprayed with chemicals and poison. I’m trying to get them for my husband.’ The clerk backed away and said, ‘Ma’am, you’ve got to do that yourself. I’m not going to help you.’” The little misunderstanding just about ruined her shopping experience.

Organic produce has been set apart from other foods because it has met certain growth standards. In the same way, Christians should be organic—set apart from the world—because they follow standards for conduct found in God’s Word.

I’ve had people ask me, “Why do you have standards in your church? Don’t you know that the way the church is going today everybody just does whatever they want to do—their own way, their own dress, their own thing? Why do you always ask your people to be different?” I do it because the Word of God says we’re not to be like the world, period.

Friend, do you know why we have such a hard time reaching the world for Christ? It’s because we act so much like them that they can’t see any difference in us. Let’s dare to be different. Let’s live without compromise. Let’s show them organic, set-apart Christianity at its best today.

The Church of God needs to remember that fellowship with God necessitates separation from all who fail to fulfill the responsibilities of fellowship in light. — W. Graham Scroggie

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder