Resist Uniformity; Insist on Individuality

1 Samuel 17:38-39 says,

Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.

Saul stands for the desire for uniformity. David stands for the assertion of individuality. We must resist the tendency to uniformity and insist on individuality if we want to serve Christ.

Saul thought there was only one method of fighting, one equipment for war. he sought to dress David up in his own armor. He wanted to make David into a second Saul.

The whole tendency of society is to destroy individuality and to produce a level and monstrous uniformity. Every child who comes into this world from the hand of God is unique, an original. But society has its forms and conventions and standards, and these it seeks to impose upon every living person. It distrusts the innovator. The person it loves is the correct, respectable, orthodox person who respects traditions, worships convention, and falls in with established customs and ways.

David declined to be an imitation Saul. If he had not, there would have been no victory over Goliath.

So be yourself!

Work in your own way.

Listen to mentors and elders in your life but think your own thoughts and  believe your own beliefs.

What blessings followed David’s assertion of his own individuality!

How would the Church have grown if we had two Peters and no Paul or vice versa?

It is as we are that God wants us. With our poor sling and five stones, let us offer ourselves to Him. He will use the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that are strong.

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