I’ve often thought about how amazing it is that God made each and every one of us unique. I know if it were me doing the creating, once I got to a good design, I would make a lot of duplicates. But God not only made us unique, but is glorified in our uniqueness. But too many times, we get caught in the cycle of being someone that God did not make us to be. We try to be like a friend, our pastor, our dad, our brother or someone else we think has it all together. Because of this, we aren’t living in our sweet spot. I like to think of my life like a suitcase. When I’m getting ready to go on a trip, long or short, there are a few things that I consider as I pack my bags. The first thing is my destination. I pack according to where I’m going. I’ll pack differently for going to a place near me or going overseas. The second thing is the season or the weather. I pack according to the time of year. Is it going to be hot or cold? I also consider things that I may enjoy on any trip. Is it a business trip or a casual trip? Will I have time to read? What else can I do in my downtime?
The truth is, if we were to all pack for the same trip and then compare bags, chances are great that there wouldn’t be any two bags alike. We take care in packing and put a lot of thought into it and a lot of it is based on who we are. We can’t live out of other people’s bags. It doesn’t work that way. The clothes wouldn’t fit, the extra’s wouldn’t match what we enjoy.
God has done the same thing with us in our lives. He considered our destination and the timing and even considered what we may enjoy. He packed each one of us to be who he created us to be. Because of that, each of us are packed differently. We may have some similarities, but not one of us in here are exactly alike. That’s God’s plan. He doesn’t want us to all be alike … he has intentionally created us to be different. We would find it difficult to effectively use the tools and gifts that others have been given. But it becomes easy to use the ones that God has given to us. Instead of running from who we are, we should be excited about how God has made us.
A key thought through all of this is that when your uniqueness meets with God’s purpose, everyone benefits!
I’ve discovered 4 reasons in scripture to be yourself.
I Corinthians 12:14-18 tells us, “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
- You belong. Belonging means that you’re connected to something bigger than yourself. Because of that, you have a responsibility that fits with who God made you to be. Belonging lets us know that we’re not a solo act, but part of a bigger plan. God didn’t create us to act independently of others, but to be involved with others. If we want to thrive and succeed as we journey through life, we must discover our place of belonging in the body.
- You are unique. This is because of who you are. God made you on purpose. You were no accident. You have a reason for being. He has given you abilities, relationships, experiences and gifts that make you who you are. Because of all of this you are uniquely gifted to do exactly what God wants you to do. Your characteristics, background, upbringing, perspective, and skills are different than others. This is not a bad thing, it’s a great thing for everyone.
- You are valuable. Because of what you can do for the body. You can serve God best with who he has made you to be. Many of us are ‘fans’ of church and we love to watch what God is doing through our church. But we cheer from the sidelines and never set foot on the field. God didn’t create any of us to be a bench warmer. He made you to get in the game and fulfill the role he equipped you to do.
- You serve a purpose. It’s no mistake that you are where God has placed you. God has arranged each of us in the way he wanted us to be. You have a purpose. Because of that purpose, you have a job to do. This is best done as you discover who you are and work hard at being yourself. When you realize your purpose you can serve with a purpose and a passion that only comes from God. When you realize that you serve a purpose in His church and you step up to fill that role, you glorify God.
I Peter 4:10 tells us, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering Gods grace to others.” This should be our goal. Our gifts are not for ourselves, but for others. God gets the glory when you be who He made you to be. He takes pleasure in seeing you be you. When you don’t fulfill your role in the body of Christ, the church is crippled. Other parts of the body have to carry the weight and are used in ways they weren’t designed to be used.
The question to ask yourself today is what are you going to do with who God made you to be? You may feel ordinary, but God has made you to be extraordinary. He has placed value on your life and gifted you uniquely to fulfill a roll within His body. You serve a purpose! When you don’t we’re crippled. When you don’t, you can’t give Him the Glory.