Being Different

Ethan Toney
2 min readAug 3, 2020


Micah Tyler’s song “Different" preaches a message worth listening to. True, it might have been released in 2016, but it’s still a powerful song. As Christians, we need to learn to listen and see the vision God has in store. We need to be different, to be changed according to the ways God wants to use us.

Are we teachable? Are we listening? Are we available for storms and trials? Are we available for fervent study, prayer, and fasting?

Too often, I find even myself not at that point. Anyone in any type of ministry will tell you that they’ve been there, or are going through it.

If we aren’t avaliable to God, how will we be available for the people God plans on using us to reach?

Romans 10:1-3 NKJV
Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. [2] For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. [3] For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.

Does our hearts have a desire for others? Do we have a desire to see others come to Christ? Paul had such a desire that he wrote:

Romans 9:1-3 NKJV
I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, [2] that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. [3] For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh,

The love Paul wished to demonstrate if only his earthly brethren might be saved. Though Paul knew this was not how God works, as each man and woman is given an opportunity to come to Christ, his heart was in the right place. He did not condemn the unbelieving Jews, he loved them and prayed for them. He reached out to them. He desired that they come to Christ.

Do we have the same attitude or do we pretend to have the same attitude? Don’t ask God to help you change the world, ask God to change you to help the world.

The cross calls us all, Christian and non-Christian. We need the world to see that the cross is available to them.



Ethan Toney

Founder of Project Corinthians 9 (PCOR9), also a programmer