I Corinthians 4:1 -
2 Corinthians 3:18 -
In regard to clones and looking alike, I really believe that when you begin to shine from being a vessel containing the treasure of God, you really develop the true uniqueness,
the glory of God and His giftings will bring out the person that is being perfected and the diversities of your personality will grow from the giftings that flow out from you.
As a comparison, if you look at gangs and distinct criminal or stereotype bad behaviour groups, like people with addictions, they do take on similar and known traits that make them stand out. So you see that there is a stifling of a persons true identity, when they are shaped into the behaviour of certain groups, with their trade mark looks.
There is a fear that when we give our lives to God, that we will dissapear as a unique person and become a goodie goodie, plain old straight person, that is very stiff and proper and boring.
I believe when we really are developed by that treasure within, that we really begin to take on a distinctiveness and qualities that make us unique and we will be different, as nobody else can display the giftings that are given to each of us like we can.
Another concern is that we will get a swollen head thinking this way, that we are a God type figure on earth - on the contrary if we get prideful then our character is marred and we will no longer shine from the treasure given to us, we become an obviously, flawed individual, looking very similar to others that fell that way.
No, you will know when you are a steward, that the giftings are given to you and who the giver is, so the glory always works through us, but goes back to the giver of all good gifts from above.
That is why you are a steward, it is up to you how much and what you give away and what you become in life, or you can conform to the ways of this world and become shaped by the influences and fashions that keep people contained within the place that they want to fit into.
We have each been given a unique gift and surprisingly that gift is us and we are given to the world.
Always remember that primarily we are called to be in a relationship with our God.
Jesus is our Head and our provider of the good things that we recieve from the Father, as blessed sons and daughters.
You really are special!!! Ha! Ha! Ha! sounds like a joke, no this happens to be true, so don't despise yourself or say that I wish I had what so and so has, because then you would not be you, but a clone of someone else.
In this world, we do have many role models and the entertainment industry will portray characters who we can really admire, to the point where we model ourselves on these characters.
Role models and mentors are essential for each of us to learn from their experience and be nurtured towards our greatness, but if they become our idols, or we become influenced by there charismatic control, then we may be fashioned away from our real unique giftings.
Remember and continually remind yourself, that you are unique and you have a necessary gift for the world, where you belong and are called to be an essential part of the shining of talents for those that need it.
You can do what noone else can do and there is no point comparing your gift to others, because then you will be
under-estimating what you have been given, based on someone elses gift.
It is hard not to do that sometimes, we need to be secure in what is available to each of us as individuals and be patient that the development of our giftings will come at the right time and place, providing we are trusting and have faith in God who is the giver of good gifts.
Express your gift through who you uniquely are, like nobody else ever can.
You will shine when you steward the mysteries of God.
Mysteries are not copies but are unique and have their own expression.