DAY 31 OF 365 IN 2021
Mark 1:22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.
Apologies if the gallery have you salivating, they are for emphasis. By guess work, I could propose within a high error interval that worldwide, there are tens of thousands of fast food establishments that serve ‘fried chicken’ in some form. Yet, consumers have their preferences because each establishment has carved its own recipe and taste. Using a specific combination of seasoning, preparation and cooking techniques, each has made efforts to keep their brand’s fried chicken recipe unique.
In the synagogue today, Jesus taught his audience as one who had authority – that was his teaching style and so He did not bother to teach as the scribes did. He didn’t even try to because there was no intention of adopting the mannerisms of those already in the business. He stepped out and used his own brand, He did not just copy the existing trend.
Establishing one’s own ‘brand‘, one’s own style, can be quite intimidating. There can be real desire to want to fit into the existing genre; to behave and act as everybody else is. That isn’t really something new, it is just a matter of towing the line. While it is necessary to learn from pacesetters, it also crucial to bear in mind that the things we have in common with others, will only contribute to the creation and provision of our common comforts.
What creates our rewards and value are our differences: the things which set us apart. Those things which we possess that no other person has, that which we can do which none else can, to the same degree; those are our differences.
Let us not become obsessed with becoming just ‘like’ others because if God wanted it so, He wouldn’t have bothered to create each one of us distinctly.