Not the same

When we looked at a dozen ways to understand being a disciple last week, the second item was We could start to act as if we believe that God doesn’t want us all to be the same. He proves that by not making us all the same.

I wanted to explore that more.

Think for a little about Peter and John. They were a couple of guys who fished. Jesus invited them to follow him. They did. And after three years of living with Jesus, after the death, resurrection, ascension, and the coming of the Holy Spirit, when we see them in Acts, John was still John and Peter was still Peter. Peter is outspoken. John is walking with him. Peter is the leader of the church. Peter gets the press coverage. John doesn’t. At the time. But John ends up writing. And living a long time.

The two men were changed versions of themselves after the three years with Jesus, but they were not changed into each other. They were changed versions of themselves.

  • For some of us, that means that we have the freedom to not try to be someone else. Quit assuming that you need to be exactly like that person, or that one. I keep finding out that people want to be like other people who want to be like them.
  • For others of us, that means we have to quit trying to turn people into us. Often, though not always, our attempts to point out concerns are actually attempts to make people look like us.

In either case, the point is that Peter and John knew Jesus. They listened to how he talked, they asked him questions, they began to think the way that he thought. If you want to be different, look to Jesus.


In November, we started looking at the creed. We’ll go back to that study next week.

7 thoughts on “Not the same

  1. Frank Reed

    Learning this lesson with my kids. WHile I can be hard on myself I still find myself wanting them to do certain things my way. They just aren’t me. They have elements of me for sure but they are not me and, considering some of the things I am capable of, they definitely should not be me!

    Our definition of ourselves and of others must some through the lens of Christ or else it will only be a sin soaked result. I am a sinner and in that realization can be the greatest freedom I can experience when I allow it to be so. I hope today I just know what I am and as a result, I can really know who I am.


    1. Jon Swanson

      1. a forgiven sinner 2. created in the image of God 3. created for good works (ephesians 2:10) 4. learning to obey everything Jesus commanded 5. with different gifts and skills than others


  2. Rich Dixon

    “They were changed versions of themselves…the point is that Peter and John knew Jesus.”

    There’s a pretty good summary of growing in Christ–know Jesus and be the best “you” based on what He created you to be.


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