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You Are No Duplicate

By January 24, 2018February 17th, 2021Uncategorized

One day, when I was a kid, I was riding my bike in an unfamiliar neighborhood, when all of sudden I saw several kids on other bikes coming in my direction. For some reason, I got nervous and pulled into a random yard and walked up to the door and acted like it was my house. I thought they wouldn’t mess with me if I was standing on my turf. All of a sudden the group of boys stopped in front of the house and stared at me; and then one of them said, “What’s he doing standing on my porch”? BUSTED! I felt so embarrassed! Point: Never try to be someone else.

In 1 Samuel 17:17-40, we read that David almost fell victim to this same thing. One moment he is bringing food to his brothers when he hears Goliath defying the name of God, and the next moment he is standing before King Saul ready to fight the giant. Immediately the king’s men began to dress David in Saul’s armor. This was probably a dream situation for a young man who grew up wanting to be like the king (think LeBron James or Tom Brady). But thankfully he came to his senses and said, “this isn’t me”. So, he put down the armor, picked up his sling and defeated Goliath.

You are no duplicate. My encouragement for you is to take off Saul’s armor. Recognize the gifts and abilities that God has given to you, and walk in that uniqueness. These things are made known as you live each day for God, as simple and average as it may seem. The extraordinary often comes wrapped up in ordinary packaging, so make the most of every opportunity. He wants to use it to accomplish more than you could imagine.

Justin Bradshaw
Cultivate Church Overseer