Individuals without Individualism

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Sept. 10, 2021

Read: I Corinthians 12:14-31

“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?” Luke 12:6

We are all individuals. We have our own names. When our name is mentioned to those who know us, a unique impression registers in their minds. “Yes, that is William,” or “That is Susan.” God has made us all different, and we love the variety in individuals. People are different like night and day, or peas and carrots, or gorillas and giraffes.  

God’s love for variety makes life interesting, and social life enjoyable. Variety makes the stew tasty, the flower garden exquisite, and the menagerie a marvel. It fills our days with wonder and adds spice to life. Can you imagine how exceedingly boring life would be, how tiresome the world, if everyone were just like me (or, dare I say, just like you)?  

The word individualism means something more than this. It refers to self-centeredness, egoism, and possessing an inflated opinion of one’s self.  

Sometimes it is difficult to make a difference between individuals and individualism. Some persons are more forward by nature; they lead the pack, and tend to get into trouble more often. Then there are the backward people who tend to be afraid to say anything original. They seem to be going along for the ride, and they need a bump from the rear occasionally. They need encouragement to contribute and add spice to the mix  

The question is this – can we maintain the uniqueness of the individual without individualism? Can we blend our efforts to promote humility, coupled with love and friendship, in spite of our individual differences? The word of God tells us we can, by putting away pride and by appreciating each other.  

Let’s work together to be the individuals God wants to use for His glory, without the individualism that tends to ruin the blend. The intensity of flavor and color that each individual brings greatly benefits the community of faith.  

~James Baer

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