Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Apples and Oranges

We’ve all heard the phrase, “comparing apples to oranges”, meaning, “don’t compare two things that aren’t meant to match”.  I say if God has made you an apple, be all apple.  If He’s made you an orange, be all orange and the best one you can be.   (Come to think of it, I’m more of a pear shape, but this is not about making comparisons, right?!)

Some thoughts I’ve been having: How much of what we do is because we feel pressure to be like someone else?  Does our motivation and drive come from other’s opinions of who we should be?

Which flower brings God more glory? The white peony in the backyard with ruffles round it’s petals; so huge that fills my little girl’s entire lap? Or the tiny blue flower of the speedwell, a weed in the front yard, that I have to stoop down low to really see. Aren’t they are equals in God’s sight? It would be unreasonable and wrong for the Little Blue Flower to aim to be a Peony, and in the same way it would be unreasonable and wrong for the Peony to try to minimize its magnificence and be unnoticed like the Little Blue Flower.

The right comparison is a comparison to Christ. Then we are comparing ourselves to Truth. We will see the things we should be ashamed of and the things that should produce true guilt. We will also see the areas given to Him where he is at work through us. And since they are His, we will not feel like we need to hide them. We will let His light shine through us on our hill, whatever it’s size.

Seek God!  Know Him! Let Him fulfill all the yearnings of your heart and LIVE.

Be who you are made to be.  YOU.  Not the person you most admire, or your mother, or your sister.  You.  Just You.  Because You were made by God in His plan and for His purposes.

This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 9:23,24

1 comment:

  1. Love your blog! It is anointed! You are so right, we are all individuals created differently. It is funny how we have associated the teaching role with an apple in our society but the Lord has shown me teachers can be different even like an orange. A dream I had got me your website as I look up much that may be a common saying such as comparing apples to oranges. In my dream of this God store, there was a plate with an orange on it. I was surprized it to be for a teacher because it wasn't an apple. There is always added revelation to much of what God shows us one could come up with but will leave that for another time. As long as we are bearing fruit and reaching out to others with our gifts, that is the main thing (see Gal 5:22) I think of the tree of life that bears 12 different kinds of fruit in the book of Revelation. (Rev. 12:2) God likes variety and wishes we would all work together as one through His Spirit, like this tree of life reveals its one tree bearing many different fruits from the same tree. When Jesus prayed to the Father, he said, "And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one." (John 17:11) We can only be One/United with our Father through our Lord Jesus/Yeshua because of the tree/cross where he bore our sins. So important to stay rooted and grounded in Him, His word. Thanks for your blog Jessica!


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