We are all supposed to be individuals, not clones of each other.
Belonging to God does not mean we all do the same thing and act or behave the same way. Quite the opposite, for that would take away our individuality.
Within Nature which God created no two living organisms are quite the same. Every tree is different even if it it is identified by a collective name for its kind. Like Elm.
Within Humankind which God has created (part of but superior to Nature) each human is different even if identified by a collective name. Like Jones.
Mr. Elm Jones as a child with siblings and extended family was never exactly like his brothers or sisters or cousins uncles and aunties. When Mr. Elm Jones married and raised his own family, none of them did the same thing the same way, or behaved alike. Yes, certain traits, similarities, or taught behaviours were evident in them all, but each was still significantly different to the others in their family. This is not a fault, but something to be celebrated.
Our individuality comes of God the Creator. Mankind as a family of Humans may choose club, church or other organisational affiliations, but always despite repeating the mantras or following the dress code, the individual remains an individual. This is what gives us worth. It is part of what makes us special. Why we have our own path.
As believers in God and His Son our Lord Jesus Christ we should recognise our own and others’ individuality. We are not ‘dumb animals’ with no soul.
When our soul, our being, is suffused with God’s love for us and inhabited by His Holy Spirit we cease being wicked evil self-seeking worldly vagabonds. We flip the coin, or God in Christ Jesus flips it for us, and we are made anew in his image – godly. It may take a while to accept this, and sometimes longer for it to fully manifest, yet we retain our individuality.
Why? Because we are who we are.
Without the evil which is washed away by the blood which Jesus our Messiah shed at Calvary, we still have our natural talents abilities preferences and so on. The way we think and analyse, our processor brain, still functions as it did. The difference is that the water which flowed from Jesus’ side as he suffered for us on the Cross of persecution, renewed refreshed cleansed and otherwise watered our soul (our being) to new life. Old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.
Our individual likes and dislikes do not change. They are purified! They are brought to life!
Before Christ, Elm Jones liked watching films. After Christ, Elm Jones somehow cannot really stomach films anymore. Not porn films anyway. They are not his thing now.
He wonders whatever he used to see in them. Such a waste of good time, trying to ease unidentifiable frustration and longing in his soul, and the boredom he’d felt… instead of learning something useful on another channel, or doing like he is now right this minute. Right this minute Mr. Elm Jones is watching a film his kids chose while they sit close to him chatting about as he finds out just how truly wonderful and funny they are. He is now on a new path which suits the type of person he is. God’s chosen path for him, which only he can walk. It may be harder or higher or brighter, but it not boring. It is not clamouring with frustration and longing.
Our individuality means that each of us has our own path. It may from time to time cross others and we meet them at that juncture, but we follow ours as they follow theirs. We go our way, they go theirs.
What we do know that despite our individuality we each arrive in Christ at the expected end.
Why? Because we are individually called and chosen to perform the particular purpose God has for us. No one can be me but me. No one can be you but you. We cannot do the same very thing the same exact way. Everything we do is coloured and flavoured by who we are.
God knows how much we can bear. He knows how little we can do. He know us better than we know ourselves. He gives us in Christ the gifts of the Holy Spirit in accordance with what He has purposed. He grants us the talents or the means to fulfil His desire for our singular lives here on Earth. Use them wisely with prayer and thanksgiving.
Everyone has their own path. Don’t get pushed or wooed off yours. Keep to your path in the Lord and reach the expected end.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13