Earlier this week Billy Graham passed away as I am sure you already know.
As I was driving and listening to the radio, I heard someone say, “I wonder who the next Billy Graham is going to be?”
My first thought that I shouted out was, “We don’t need another Billy Graham!” And I bet you Billy Graham would be the first person to say that!
What the world needs is you to start being the person God created you to be and not someone else.
I have heard many statements like, “I wish I could be more like King David, or Paul or this person and that person.” Personally, I have said similar things about people I like and appreciate.
Can we learn from other people? Absolutely! Do I like a good sermon from some like Bill Johnson or Kris Vallotton from Bethel Church. You bet!
But at the end of the day, I am not that person. God created me to be me!
I find it exciting that God’s Word says in Psalm 139:16, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”
God’s Word also says in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
This tells us that we are unique. We do not have to be the same! There is not one type of Christian. I am learning to enjoy that all the denominations are like one big family at Christmas. What we need is unity!
The Church can often sound like the political system in place right now. Republicans vs Democrats. But instead of political parties, we can get into needless debates about what denomination is the best! Enough!
We are many parts, but all one body (Church). We need Protestants, Catholics and everyone else to come together and living out who God created each of us to be. Unique!
Abba, I thank you that we are all unique. That we do not have to be someone else and nor do we want to be. Holy Spirit, help us to realize our true identity of who you say we are and remove lie that that is preventing from us seeing in true identity. Amen.