When I first became a Christian I initially lost my identity. Parts of me were shuffled around as God took the pieces that were my life and reassembled them. For awhile I didn’t really know where I fit in… in the Christian world. I remember looking around at my church and thinking…there is just not that many people “like” me that go here.
Oh they were smiling, loving and all wonderful, just different. I would read and study my Bible and verses like these got me into a deeper train of thought about the matter…
Philippians 2:1-2 (KJV)
1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
And It wasn’t until I went on a mission trip that it all started coming together for me. I found out early on that my roommate for the trip would be a guy named Chris. I really didn’t know him, and he seemed to be as different from me as any one that I had ever met. I mean that as only a compliment to him.
But on our trip something wonderful happened. After each day, after working out in the field, tired and out of energy… We would get back to the room and just talk. For hours. I mean every night we just shared with each other and talked about God and how He had worked in our lives. It was awesome!
I figured out one thing real quick…We preached the same Jesus! Different personalities yet of one accord. What seemed to be different on the outside matched up on the inside.
And then in my mind it really clicked how this is supposed to work. Different people from different backgrounds all pointing to the same Jesus! Not some cookie cutter mold. I don’t have to “pretend” to be something I’m not. Just focus on what God has called me to be.
I imagine it like this… Say maybe 12 different people standing in a circle. (See what I did there) All pointing to the same thing. (Jesus) And outside of them is a bigger circle (the world). So that someone in that bigger circle can find someone they can identify with in the inner circle to tell them about Jesus. We can cover the world the more brothers and sisters and types of personalities we have… Of course as long as the center of it all is Jesus. All in one accord. All working our way to the center. Being conformed to His image daily.
We are made to be unique sons and daughters so that we can uniquely reach out to the one behind us! We can tell others that share our past experiences about the hope that they have for the future.
Like a band of brothers we come together…Different yet united by our mission and love for our savior Jesus Christ.