"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children." Ephesians 5:1
We are wildly different. All of us. Oh, we have many similarities and commonalities, but we are vastly different. We were created different. We were given different strengths and different fears. We were given different desires and different ideas. We were given different bodies, literally, no two the same. Even my twins, with 100% biologically matched DNA, don't share finger prints.
But, an interesting thing seems to be happening among the people of God. We've started to expect that when someone comes to know Christ, that our lives will be the same too, as if salvation were cloning. But, it's not. There is only one to imitate. Throughout the Word of God, the Lord exhorts His people to throw off the pattern of the world and to imitate Him.
We are different. Life after Christ isn't supposed to be life like others. We don't all eat, dress, give, save, spend, talk, work, or play the same. We're different. We are not saved to be like each other. We are saved to be like Christ. Unstained by the world. It's ok that we are not the same. As God's beloved children, it is time we begin imitating Him, no one else.
Grace & Peace,
(You can reach Pastor John at firstname.lastname@example.org)