Throughout this Healthy You study we've gone deep into some wonderful, uncomfortable, intense ways God works in us and calls on us to live. We've studied how we are called to find rest in Him, what it means to have loving relationships, that God paves the way for a fruitful life, and defined our identity as children of God. Now we will explore the blessing of our individuality.
'Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. ' Isaiah 64:8
Our world is constantly pointing out differences as if it were a terrible thing not to be molded to confusing worldly expectations. We cry for conformity while chasing away inequality. We shout for love and unity while creating hate and division. While the world is drowning in mixed messages, seeking acceptance yet missing the point more often than not, we are blessed yet again with another way our Heavenly Father provides clarity.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
We were each created as unique parts of the body of Christ and given a place in His plan, paved just for us. Our whole being was designed by our divine Creator, and each of us called to a special mission aiming for the same goal. Every one of us has different skills, traits, talents, struggles, successes, failures yet all of us were blessed with our specific set of tools for an ultimate purpose.
'Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”' Matthew 28:19-20
Before Jesus ascended into Heaven He told the disciples that once He was gone they were to make disciples of all nations. They were given what we call “the Great Commission” and called to teach others about Christ, far and wide. When we come into relationship with Christ we too inherit this commission. God gives us so many instructions throughout scripture about how to live and carry out His good work, and Christ also showed us that there are different ways to do His work in a variety of situations. The ways we carry out this great work will be particular to who God has made us as individuals, what blessings He has given us, and catered to the situation and persons involved. Not everyone will be called to the same conversations, service, relationships, or situations and we will all be given wisdom and guidance in our own time and way as God determines.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
It is too easy to fall into a trap that claims we have to preach the gospel, talk about Jesus, and teach others all in the same ways as one another, but God didn’t make us cookie cutters. He made each of us different in our own ways. He blessed us individually with the Holy Spirit to guide us along our unique path, and He calls us out onto different creeks and rivers all leading to the same ocean. Our differences are blessings to use and unify us within the one mission to bring others to Him in the different ways God knows are needed in this world.
'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. ' Romans 12:2
Each of us has a unique story and testimony, different from anyone else's, and each has been given our different skills, blessings, and path to be used for the glory of God’s great plan. Our differences are designed to be cherished and used for good. We are not meant to be like the world, but instead thank God for making us the way we are on purpose - for His purpose. Let the Spirit guide you on the path God paved for you and in the ways He calls you to carry out your calling.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
'If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. ' Romans 14:8
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