There is a message on TV against bullying and promoting kindness. It advises “Be all that you can be. No one else can be who you are. Be kind, but don’t forget to be you.”
As Christians we strive to follow Jesus, to be like Him. We ask Him to live in us. We learn to deny ourselves and put others first. In Christ we are a new creation. We are members of His family. Some are teachers; some are students. Some are leaders; others serve quietly behind the scenes. Some are jolly; some are calm and serene. Some like sports; others prefer to read. Some like to visit; others offer hospitality. Each one is unique.
God does not want to destroy our personalities, but rather to use them. Consider the differences among the twelve apostles. Notice the individuality of those who wrote scripture. Look around you at Christians you know. God made you the way He wants you. By all means, give Him complete control. But don’t forget to be you. Only you can serve in your special way. Only you can influence others the way you do. Only you can give your heart to God. So submit to God’s will, but as you submit remember – only you can be you.
“Where your faith belongs” Hebrews 12:1-3