We’re All Different
In case you haven’t noticed, we’re all different. Shocking, I’m sure! However, it is the way that God has created us. He made us to be unique and individuals. I find it amazing that people in today’s times are still stuck on trying to place people into a box of one size or another.
In fact, I think it is the distinct difference that is within every human being that makes us incredibly amazing. Can you imagine for a moment if everyone was created to look the same, react the same and have all the same characteristics? What a boring world that would truly be.
So Why Are We All Different?
Isaiah 64:8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
I would think it is obvious that God did not produce us on an assembly line. If you have every watched a potter create a masterpiece, there’s a more than significant chance that if producing the same item again, it will contain variations and noticeable differences. That’s why a painter usually places their signature in the bottom of a painting to signify its originality.
We’re different because our intended purpose on this earth is to share the Gospel message with mankind. The kind of person we relate to the best most generally is people who are just like us.
I’m a pretty laid back person. By no means do I profess to be a Bible scholar. I use a lot of slang within my speech and don’t come across as a professor of anything (short of being web related.) You’ll find me in my comfort zone wearing a pair of jeans, t-shirt and my loafers and usually with a ball cap on my head and a coffee mug my hand.
So, I’m in my niche when I can just sit and chill and have a challenging conversation. While I may not be able to pull a half-dozen or more Bible verses from the top of my head, what I can offer is a gut wrenching question session that will challenge you to truly think about your destiny and will you will spend eternity. Because I’m so laid back, this often times allows me to reach people who many cannot. People feel comfortable around me.
Being Different Opens Doors Of Opportunity
You bet it does. There have been plenty of times in my life, people have approached me because I was different. People found me more interesting. Maybe in a weird kind of way, but none the less, a way that enabled me to be able to speak to them in the first place. How many of you have heard of the old saying “different strokes for different folks?”
Sometimes it’s those very different strokes that allows us as chaplains to effectively reach people who traditionally most people with a ministry would even bother to speak to. I know this sounds absurd, but it is the simple truth of the matter. I can personally attest to ministries in my past that I have actually heard say “they were not interested in that type of person.”
Can you imagine what would happen if Jesus said that about us? How many of us would He then actually even speak to? I would venture to say that Heaven would more than likely be a empty place.
Presenting Jesus In Different Ways
You know, you don’t always have to be a well versed, Bible scholar in order to introduce people to Jesus. There’s a part of me that actually believes that people are more open to respond to you if you wait to bring in the Bible in the immediate conversation. When you begin any conversation it should be more about a relative type conversation. Relate to them what Jesus has done in your life in various situations. Now if this is a person who has been around you for any length of time, then they may have been watching you already.
So needless to say, words with actions to back up those words would basically be mute. I would have to say that is the number one reason I hear people say as to the reason they are not affiliated with any local church. It is because they have seen too many people who claim to be Christian, but the daily lifestyle does not render that into the equation.
That being said, this certainly does not mean that you have to be the perfect Christian either. Not like I believe the exist. But certainly someone who is real and lives by their beliefs and attempts to place then into their daily life. It’s about the walk with the talk.
Maybe Jesus Was Just A Cool Dude
Not before you Biblical scholars get onto a tangent, let me explain my reference in the above heading. Look, we’ve all heard the same Bible stories growing up and through various teachers and preachers. However, above and beyond that, I can truly envision Jesus being a cool dude. I mean think of this for just a second, can you envision just hanging out on your porch or by a river or lake and just having a chill type conversation with the Master?
I think that too many people present Jesus as being the uptight kind of person. This persona can lead to putting off people. If people would embrace talking to Jesus the way the communicate with other people, I think more people would actually talk to Him.
The perception that Jesus is this unreachable, untouchable person that the average person can’t talk to has been a large part of why so many people have not accepted the call in their life to a personal relationship with Him. Obviously, there’s more that goes into a relationship with Jesus than just a friendly fire-side chat. But it has to start somewhere.
Let me ask you a question. How many of you walk around your home talking to yourself? Come on now, I know there are more out there than just me that do this. Truth be known, we probably do it on a more frequent basis than any of us are willing to admit to.
Or, how many of you have walked around in your private area, maybe a park, maybe by the lake or somewhere that allows you to think and talked to a loved one who has already passed?
I’ve done it more than several times. Can you imagine being able to talk to Jesus just like that?
The great news is the fact that you can! Talking to Jesus really is no different from talking to your best friend. If more and more of us would make it a part of our life to talk to Jesus in a way that was comfortable for us, the more our personal relationship with the Master would grow. Then the rest of the technicalities would fall into place. But you have to start somewhere.
Just because you may find yourself different, doesn’t mean that you can’t talk to Jesus. In fact, it probably means He is standing right around the corner awaiting on you to have a conversation with Him.
It Doesn’t Take A Scholar’s Prayer
I’ve actually heard people tell me that the reason they don’t talk to Jesus is because they think it requires a more technical language. Let me debunk that myth right now!
Because if that were truly the case, I would have to give up. It’s about being humble, it’s about opening your heart and soul, it’s about being receptive to His Spirit and allowing Him to be a part of your conversations. As you can very well detect by reading this, I’m no English major and probably done well to pass English throughout my school years. However, what I do offer is being real, being live and being committed to talking to Him.
Are you looking for someone to talk to Jesus about? We have plenty of Community Chaplains, just like myself who are willing to sit and chat with you! We’re all different and you’ll fit in just fine with us.
Reach out to us today! Utilize the contact forms that you will find throughout various locations on this website. We’d love to hear from each of you!