We are handmade by God.
You were not designed to fit into a mould, you were not designed to conform; you were designed to be unique, because God loves diversity. Nature abounds with God’s diversity; even within the same species, there is diversity. Take zebras for example: whilst at first glance all zebras may appear to be the same, each zebra is in fact unique. Just as no two people have the same fingerprints, no two zebras have the same stripe pattern. People too are unique, God has given us a variety of skin colors, not to separate or divide us, but because it makes it much more interesting, than if everyone’s skin was the same colour. Some of us have blue eyes, others have brown eyes, some are short, some are tall. Isaiah 64:8 in the Easy to Read Version says, “We are like clay, and you are the potter. Your hands made us all“. We are not like machine-made identical pottery, we are handmade by God and every single one of us is unique.
We are not designed to act the same as everyone else.
Physical appearance has absolutely nothing to do with being used by God though. 1 Samuel 16:7 in the Easy to Read Version says, “Eliab is tall and handsome, but don’t judge by things like that. God doesn’t look at what people see. People judge by what is on the outside, but the Lord looks at the heart“. David was almost the complete opposite of Saul in physical appearance and yet God choose both of them, because He looked at the heart. In the same way that we are unique physically, we are also not designed to act the same as everyone else. However, this goes against the way of the world. In the world most people want to fit in, they want to be the same as everybody else, they don’t want to stand out. Go to a city like London, during rush hour and you will see a mass of businessmen all wearing very similar, mostly grey, suits. There is a fear of being different and a comfort found in being the same as those around you.
Nobody notices someone who is the same as everyone else.
That is not God’s way though, God never intended for all humans to be identical, if that was his intention we would all be identical. The majority of businessmen wearing the same suit is boring, because nobody stands out, everybody just blends in. In the same way as not looking just like everyone else, God does not need you to be exactly the same as any of the Christians that you know. If you want to be effective for God, you need to be different. Nobody notices someone who is the same as everyone else.
God has good plans that you are uniquely positioned to carry out.
God has given you your own personal set of talents, because God has things for you to do, that you are the best qualified to do, because they are part of His plan for you, not His plan for someone else. Jeremiah 29:11 in the Lexham English Bible says, “‘For I know the plans that I am planning concerning you,’ declares Yahweh, ‘plans for prosperity and not for harm, to give to you a future and a hope’“, God has good plans, that you are uniquely positioned to carry out.
Noah refused to be like those around him.
Noah was a man who refused to fit in. When quite literally the whole world had turned its back on God, Noah refused to be like those around him. Noah was unique in remaining loyal to God and because of that, God preserved Mankind through Noah & his family. Daniel is another example of someone who was unique. When it was forbidden to pray to anyone apart from the king, Daniel continued praying to God regardless. Being unique got Daniel noticed, and the end result was that the king acknowledged that Daniel’s God was the one true God.
If you are committed to following God with all of your heart, you are going to stand out.
The truth is that if you are committed to following God with all of your heart, you are going to stand out. We are told to not be conformed to the world (Romans 12:2), we are told that we are in the world but not of the world (John 17:14). If you don’t stand out, if you seem pretty much the same as everyone around you, then you are doing something wrong. You are not supposed to be the same, you are supposed to be unique!
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