Differences are Welcomed!

I Corinthians 12:4-14

4There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are different ministries, but the same Lord. 6There are different ways of working, but the same God works all things in all people. 7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in various tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who apportions them to each one as He determines. 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

We can clearly see from these passages of scripture that God, by divine design, made us to be uniquely different.

When I was growing up, differences were celebrated. Rarely did you find two singers that sounded the same. Each was celebrated for his or her unique style, phrasing, and interpretation of a song.

When making a cake, you need different ingredients to make the cake taste great as a whole.

In an orchestra, you need different instruments bringing their unique sound to the musical piece to create a harmonious sound.

Over the years, our society has minimized the attributes of differences in favor of people who sound, think, act, and do like the masses.

Beloved, God created us to be unique and different. He has given us talents and gifts unique to us. Expecting everyone to be like you is futile. Each of us has our own fingerprint, our own thing that no one else can do quite like us.

The singer Tramaine Hawkins puts it best in a song she sings, “Nobody else can do what God called you to do, that’s why He created you!

Beloved, allow God to show you how He wants you to use your unique gifts and talents to bring honor to Him.

This is Leslie Eaddy Brooks, Think About It.

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