You have heard it before. A pastor, in an effort to encourage you and others, has said, “God made you just the way you are. He designed you exactly how he wanted you because He has a specific plan for your life. Do not try to be like someone else. Be you because God loves you and you are special in His eyes!”
Have you ever heard those words? I have. Not only have I heard them, but I have said similar things while teaching my people. Not only have I heard them and said them, I believe those words are true! However, I am not sure that most of our churches believe they are true. Or, if they do, they sure do not act like they believe them at times.
What do I mean? If it is true that God designs us in a particular way and with a specific plan, why do so many churches desire to be like the church down the street? If God designs people with a plan in mind, certainly He designs His churches with particular plans as well, right? If this is true, each church should be able to say, “God created us just the way we are and we should not try to be like other churches. We need to be the church that God created us to be.”
Churches should stop acting like insecure teenagers who have to dress and act just like their friends to fit in and instead, do ministry as they were designed by God. I wonder how our churches would look if they practiced what they preached in this area.