My sister and I have always been different from one another. In fact, for many years, she would do things to be intentionally different from me.
From the music we would listen to, to the colors we liked, to the hobbies we enjoyed, and even our talents and abilities would all have to be different.
She could sleep until 2 pm, but I was up by 6 am. She could stay up all night, and I was in bed early.
She liked her hair long, I liked mine short (now it’s the opposite).
She liked brussels sprouts, I did not.
Her favorite color was green, mine was purple.
Our differences caused many arguments. Who am I kidding? These were knock-down, dragged-out fights. We couldn’t agree on anything!
But as we have gotten older, one thing unites us more than anything else – the Lord. He uses our differences to make us stand out. And now we realize He has blessed us with many unique gifts that are different, yet accomplish the same goal of praising God and bringing Him glory.
God used two brothers in the book of Exodus, let’s read the text where they meet each other after being separated probably most of their lives.
“The Lord said to Aaron, ‘Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.’ So he met Moses at the mountain of God and kissed him. Then Moses told Aaron everything the Lord had sent him to say, and also about all the signs he had commanded him to perform. Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.” (Exodus 4:27-31)
I’m amazed at the differences in the two brothers, Aaron and Moses. Their responses to God’s call are completely opposite. When God first called Moses, he began with excuses. His self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy won over his trust in God. But God still chose to use him.
When Aaron is called to in this Scripture, Aaron immediately goes.
Even though the two were different in character, occupation and appearance, their unique gifts would be used for a united purpose – God’s glory.
Even within the church, we see our brothers and sisters in Christ and we think, “Wow we are so different!” But God uses those differences to make us one body to glorify Him (1 Corinthians 12:11-12).
Christ is the head of the church and should be the center of our lives as believers. When this happens, we can work together to accomplish great things! Like Aaron did with Moses, we pick up where someone else might feel inadequate and work together to accomplish the task set before us.
Today, how can you use the special gifts God has given you to be a blessing to others?
To your local church?
Like Aaron, let’s be willing to go immediately when we hear the Lord’s call.