I Want To Be Somebody Else.
If only I were like _______, I could really serve God. With their gifts, talents, personality, etc. I would be much more effective in showing people Jesus. Ever felt this way? Have you thought that you would be someone who could make a difference if only you had more of the qualities and traits you admire in others and less of the perceived shortcomings in your life?
The truth is that in Christ you have all you need to be all He wants you to become. Of course, there are times of growth and maturing as a person but Jesus never calls us to be someone else. We are all unique and wonderful individuals that make up the body of Christ. The problem too many people encounter is that we see others appearing to do so much or accomplish greatness and we look at ourselves feeling we fall far short of the mark. We need to ask ourselves whose mark are we aiming for, ours or Christ's?
In the early days of Christianity, many people came from backgrounds of extreme legalism to pagan worship. Following Jesus was totally new to them. By setting an example, the apostle Paul said, "follow me as I follow Christ" to help them know what to do but he never indicated they were to be another person exactly like him. I would love to preach like Pastor Daniel or minister in music as the worship team does but that is not who I am. We want to appreciate and celebrate the gifts and talents of others but never fall into the comparison trap that can lead to discouragement and sometimes disaster.
God has given each one of us gifts and talents and one of our goals in life should be to find out what they are and use them to glorify Him. Are there things you do well and seem to come easily? Perhaps you will discover them by trial and error accompanied by seeking God in prayer for direction. The Bible gives many examples of gifts and talents, but there is a multitude of others that God uses out front and behind the scenes. The work of God flourishes when we all desire to be used by Him in whatever way He calls us to.
I am convinced that if we will just be willing to use our individual gifts and talents in our normal everyday lives empowered by the Spirit of God who indwells each believer, we will see Him do things through us that will amaze. No one else has the life we live and, therefore, the opportunities we have to point people to Jesus. We each have a unique ability to touch others by being ourselves in Christ. We truly can do all things through Christ who strengthens us!
So stay away from the comparison trap, celebrate and appreciate the gifts and talents God has given others, and ask Him to empower your life to show people Jesus. Remember, in Christ be yourself, everyone else is already taken.