While there’s a cry in every heart to be uniquely valued–to be loved, there’s a competing cry to blend in and not to draw attention to yourself (unless there’s something about yourself you think will give you attention you really want). High school & college students are a great example…in any gathering of students, hair, make-up and clothes will share many similarities. Individuality is within tight boundaries. Where do you think the desire to blend in & not be noticed comes from?
Does it come from God who created each person in a unique way…with unique responsibilities?
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
Or does it come from the enemy of our souls…the one who hates the handiwork of God?
But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14
Let’s go back to Ephesians 2:10 and consider that word ‘masterpiece’ the translators chose. The Oxford Dictionary gives us a couple insights. The first is that a masterpiece is something made by an acknowledged master. Consider the glories of sunrises, sunsets, meadows, oceans and mountains. The same God who made those made you. The second definition for masterpiece is a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship. Do you think of yourself that way often?
The Church–the Ekklesia –are the called out ones of the world. We are not meant to blend in! We are made to be different but we can only find our true identity when we get to know the Master Craftsman. We can’t know what we are to be like until we know what our Designer is like. The craziness of a society that thinks it can self-select gender is individuality gone far astray. Our design is only found in the character of the Designer. Then our uniqueness is a glory to behold–just like a sunset or an ocean!
Blending in is a great danger that lurks in the world we live in. It is purposeful danger planned by the enemy of our soul. It is danger designed to keep us from those purposes God created us for. It is danger that blends in with the world around us and bids us to do the same.
As Christians we’re called to stand out…to not be like the world around us. Just like the Copperhead in the picture, danger is both present and hidden all around us. What dangers do you welcome into your world?
Satan lays in wait, and we don’t know when he will strike. We don’t how often God protects us from his poison. This snapshot my son took after God protected him spoke volumes to me. The Copperhead on the right side of the log could have nailed him…he had just been standing straddle of it moments before this picture. But God protected him. This time. We live in enemy territory. Learning to watch for him and be alert is our responsibility. Sometimes we won’t see the enemy even though we think we are being careful…even though we think we know what to look for. Those times, we must trust in our Deliverer.
But what about the rest of the time?
- Do your activities honor God?
- Do your words help others know what God is like?
- Does your spending point to the things God values?
- Does your recreation point to the goodness of God or promote the temptations of the world?
Everything we do is a choice. Every choice we make takes us one step closer to who we are becoming. It is a matter of life and death.
The cost of freedom is responsibility.
Choosing to honor God with every choice is the only wise use of our free will. The only way to honor Him is to know what pleases Him. Honoring God brings good to us and the world we live in. When God is in His rightful place in our lives, we find our place in this life. We come to understand His glory and how we are made in that same image of glory.
Which cry of the heart will rule your life?
- The cry to blend in that comes from the enemy who masquerades as good?
- The cry to be loved that comes from your Creator who made you to stand out?