Sunday Morning Jetpack is a segment that highlights any kind of media that will provide you with some much needed good energy. You can find spirituality in the music, movies, podcasts, and other media you see every day. This article expands the Sunday Morning Jetpack video titled “It's Okay to Be Different.”
In her song, “come out and play,” Billie Eilish expresses the desire for the listener to not hide who they are.
As we’ll see in this Bible study, God feels the same way, and wants us to embrace all of who we are.
And I know it makes you nervous
But I promise you, it’s worth it
To show ’em everything you kept inside
Don’t hide away
Come out and play
To “come out and play” in this song means to show who we are and use the unique parts of ourselves to encourage others. This is something God wants for us. Even though it’s scary to show everything we’ve kept inside, it’s worth it to embrace the parts of ourselves that are different.
What makes you feel different? Do you embrace those parts of yourself, or do you hide them away?
Let’s break down the lyrics of this song with some scriptures to learn how believing God chose us helps us not be afraid to be different.
And I know it makes you nervous, but I promise you, it’s worth it
Then Moses said to the LORD, “But, Lord, I am telling you, I am not a good speaker. I have never been able to speak well. And that hasn’t changed since you started talking to me. I am still not a good speaker. You know that I speak slowly and don’t use the best words.” Then the LORD said to him, “Who made a person’s mouth? And who can make someone deaf or not able to speak? Who can make a person blind? Who can make a person able to see? I am the one. I am the LORD.  So go. I will be with you when you speak. I will give you the words to say.”Exodus 4:10-12 ERV
God chose Moses to help a lot of people, but Moses could only see what he was insecure about. Not only did he see himself as a bad speaker, but if you read the chapters before this (Exodus 1-3), Moses was also different from everyone else.
He was a Hebrew who grew up in an Egyptian home (Exodus 2:1-10), tried but failed to help his people (Exodus 2:11-14), and ended up running away from home (Exodus 2:14-22). Though this scripture doesn’t explicitly state it, it’s very possible that Moses felt like all of these factors made him not good enough to lead. He was too different.
But God didn’t see things this way. He chose Moses simply because he chose him, and God was going to help him live out the destiny he had set for him.
“The LORD did not set his heart on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other nations, for you were the smallest of all nations! Rather, it was simply that the LORD loves you, and he was keeping the oath he had sworn to your ancestors. That is why the LORD rescued you with such a strong hand from your slavery and from the oppressive hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.”Deuteronomy 7:7-8 NLT
God chose us because he loves us, not because we’ve proven ourselves to be amazing. We don’t have to be afraid of being different because he chooses all of who we are – even the parts of ourselves we feel afraid to show.
- What insecurities hold you back from living out God’s purpose for you?
- How has God chosen you personally to help others?
To show ‘em everything you’ve kept inside
Before I confessed my sins, I kept it all inside; my dishonesty devastated my inner life, causing my life to be filled with frustration, irrepressible anguish, and misery.  The pain never let up, for your hand of conviction was heavy on my heart. My strength was sapped, my inner life dried up like a spiritual drought within my soul.Psalm 32:3-4 TPT
Keeping everything inside messes us up. Like Psalm 32 says, dishonesty devastates our inner life, and we end up frustrated and miserable.
Trying to repress and shut down the parts of ourselves that make us feel different – whether that is sin like this scripture says, or weaknesses, or even desires and dreams – ends up sapping our strength. We need to be honest about who we are if we are going to let God help us be who we’re meant to become!
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?
I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand— shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.Matthew 5:14 MSG
There is a light in each of us that is not meant to be hidden. God chose us to shine! When we open up about who we are, we then prompt other people to open up too. Embracing the parts of ourselves that are different doesn’t just relieve us of the frustration and misery talked about in Psalm 32, but it also gives other people hope that God and the Bible can help give them purpose, too.
- What do you hide about yourself? What guilt, fears, weaknesses, dreams, or desires are you afraid to show?
- Who in your life needs you to open up who you are?
Don’t hide away, come out and play
This is where God comes in. God has meticulously put this body together; He placed each part in the exact place to perform the exact function He wanted.1 Corinthians 12:18 Voice
Like this scripture says, it’s not just okay to be different, but it’s necessary. God chose us to be in the exact place and be the exact people we are for a reason. When we are a team with our friends to help each other become who we’re meant to be, we see that we can work together to grow in ways we couldn’t on our own. This is ultimately what helped Moses stop hiding who he was when he was insecure.
But Moses said, “My Lord, I beg you to send someone else, not me.”  Then the LORD became angry with Moses and said, “All right! I’ll give you someone to help you. Aaron the Levite is your brother, isn’t he?
He is a good speaker. In fact, Aaron is already coming to meet you, and he will be happy to see you.  I will tell you what to say. Then you will tell Aaron, and I will help him say it well. I will tell both of you what to do.Exodus 4:13-15 ERV
When Moses was insecure, God didn’t respond with judgment or move on to choose someone else. Instead, he gave him a friend. While Moses was good at leading, Aaron was good at speaking. God chose them to complement each other to build something great together.
- Who in your life do you need to work together with to help each other grow?
- What vision has God chosen you and your friends to build together?
For a real-life example of how to make your relationship with God your own, watch our Sunday Morning Jetpack video, “Come Out and Play”: