There's Nobody Like You

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I’ve often said that. . .

I’m not Kenneth Copeland. . .though I have great admiration for him.

I’m not Creflo Dollar. . .though I recognize his powerful anointing.

I’m not Jesse DuPlantis. . .though I do have a pretty good sense of humor.

I’m not Joel Osteen. . .thought I one of the most positive people you’ll ever meet.

I’m not Dr. Mike Murdock. . .though I am wise through the wisdom of the Word.

I’m not Brother John Avanzini. . .though I’m anointed to teach people how to live debt free.

I’m not any of these men. . .nor do I want to be. . .I just want to be me and a better me every day.

Over the years, I’ve heard people try to emulate their favorite secular and/or ministry idol (not the pagan kind).  I’ve seen people who walked like their idol. . . talked like them. . .used the same mannerisms. . .in fact, even preach their messages word for word.

God didn’t create me to be a clone. . .He created me to be an original. . .to be the best me. . .that I can possibly be.

I heard it said years ago that if you try to be like someone else the best you will ever be. . .is second best.  Now that is something worth pondering.

Herman Melville who wrote the book “Moby Dick” once said:

“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”

The Word of God is very clear. . .God wants you to be an original.

Galatians 5:25-26 in the Message Bible says:

“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary the word original means:

“the source or cause from which something arises.”

What makes you an original. . .is your source of origination.

Genesis 1:26 says:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

As an original. . .your were created in His image, after His likeness.  You were made to have dominion over everything upon the earth.

Genesis 1:27-28 in the Message Bible says:

“God created human beings; he created them godlike, Reflecting God's nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth."

Does that sound like you’re to dawdle in mediocrity?

Does that sound like you’re to live your life as second fiddle or top banana?

Does that sound like you’re to be like anyone else other than Him?

“Nobody is smarter than you.”

I remember explaining to a man once that anybody, regardless of education could learn how to get totally out of debt in seven years of less.  He said, “Yeah, but I’m no Einstein.” 

Albert Einstein is considered by many to be the smartest man that ever lived.  He discovered the Theory of Relativity and was a genius to say the least.

Now here’s the rest of the story. Einstein did not speak his first word until he was four years of age.

How many children do you think have been wrongfully branded as slow simply because they didn’t speak sooner or take that first step faster than some other baby?

It is also interesting to note that one of Albert Einstein’s teachers labeled him as “mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.”

I can literally spend days, and I’m not exaggerating, sharing with you true life stories of successful people who were written off because “somebody” didn’t think they were smart enough.  But I think you get the point.

Now let’s take a natural truth. . . “Nobody is smarter than you” and add a supernatural dimension to the equation.

“Nobody is smarter than you” because you have the mind of Christ.

That’s right, YOU, the person reading this teaching. . .imperfect Christian that you are or may be. . .have the mind of Christ.

I’m not making this up to make you feel good.  It’s the Word and the scripture is found in 1 Corinthians 2:16 which says:

“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.”                                   

There are way too many believers who sell themselves short because they feel they’re not good enough or smart enough and that’s just not the case, according to the Word of God

Our Heavenly Father recognizes that each one of His children, while unique in their creation, are responsible for working out the details of their life to ensure their originality.

God did not make a mistake in creating you as an original.  You were originally destined to be, as we’ve said earlier, unique in all the earth or you would have never been born.

So here’s a fundamental question.

Why should you and I try to be like someone. . .anyone else?  We are each unique … an original.

Let’s look once again at Galatians 5:25-26 in the Message Bible which says:

“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”

God does not want you comparing yourself with anyone else.

It doesn’t matter what they own.

It doesn’t matter where they live.

It doesn’t matter what they drive.

It doesn’t matter where they work.

The scripture says that we’re not to compare ourselves with anyone else. . .for better or for worse.  That’s especially true when it comes to our behavior and obedience to His word.

I remember when I was in high school.   I justified my behavior by comparing it to  that of my friends.

I didn’t get drunk like this friend. . .so I must be okay.

I didn’t sleep around like that friend. . .so I must be okay.

I could go on. . .but the bottom line is this. . .there came a day when I realize that I had been using the wrong standard of measurement. . . the only one I should be comparing myself to was Jesus.  It changed my perspective … and my life.

How many times has someone ever said to you. . .just be yourself.  Truthfully, that sounds good or smart.  But the truth of the matter is this, I want to be like the image of Him who made me an original destined with a purpose and plan.

You weren’t born a copy. . .you were born an original. . .there’s nobody else like you. . . nobody has your potential or your DNA. . .isn’t it time that we begin to act like what we were created to be. . .an original.

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