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Who Do You Want To Be Like?

By Don Loftis | 01.09.13

We spend so much time and energy trying to be like other people.  We are influenced by clothing and hair styles.  The media markets products that we should presumably buy, because our neighbors already have them.  We want to blend in so we will feel comfortable and be accepted.

Yet, God has intentionally created tremendous variety and identity.  There are 9,000 kinds of birds, 200,000 kinds of flowers, and 300,000 species of beetles.  Every zebra has its own unique pattern of stripes, each snowflake has a unique crystalline structure, and every human fingerprint can be matched to only one individual in all of history.  We have been fearfully and wonderfully made as individuals.

Our goal in life is to fully develop the special combinations of talent and opportunity that God has given us.  In Matthew 25, Jesus told about three servants who were entrusted with the wealth of their master.  One turned 5 into 10, another 2 into 4, but the third fellow just buried the 1 that he had.  The master did not look at the numbers as much as he examined their faithfulness.  We are not in competition with those around us.

Rather than trying to mimic the crowd, we need to make a concerted effort to follow Jesus and to be more like Him.  Paul wrote in I Cor. 11:1, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”  We should be content with His acceptance and praise.  Feeling comfortable in His presence should be our consuming goal.


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