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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Celebrate Diversity!

"For as the body is one, and hath many members ... so also is Christ ... For the body is not one member, but many" (1 Corinthians 12:12, 14)

God makes all of us different from one another, but by His Spirit He will bring divine illumination and power to our beings. It is God's planned variety and not similarity that makes beauty and interest in our world.

We should thank God for giving us our own individual personalities and temperaments and abilities. We should never waste time and energy trying to fashion ourselves after someone else, no matter how much we admire that person. God does not expect us to become identical copies of our spiritual heroes.

In only these respects should we all try to be alike: We should love God more than anything or anyone else, we should hate sin and iniquity even as Jesus hated them, and we should be willing always to obey God through the leading of His Word and His Spirit. Apart from that, it is perfectly natural for us to be ourselves, that is, different from each other.

He gives the Spirit to each of His servants. The differences among Christian workers are not due to favoritism or patiality on the part of God, but to the different way in which each follower of Christ improves His gift.

~A. W. Tozer~

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