2nd August 2011

You Are Special!

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Psalm 139:14 (NIV UK) 

God never made two snowflakes alike, or an identical set of fingerprints, in fact, I read some time ago that every human being has a unique heartbeat. In other words, each of our hearts beats in a slightly different way than everyone else’s. We are all unique and as such, we all have something to contribute to the body, the church. 

You remember it was Paul who used this analogy as he compared the church to a body. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 he writes; “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” Later on in verses 21-23 of this chapter he tells us that we are all important, we all have a part to play in the body of Christ—notice: “The eye cannot say to the hand, I don’t need you! And the head cannot say to the feet I don’t need you! On the contrary, those parts that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour…” 

So, we have no excuse for saying “I’m not good enough or important enough or useful enough.” If that’s true then you are God’s first mistake and God doesn’t make mistakes! God doesn’t love us because we are valuable—we are valuable because God loves us! Our value is established by the fact that He loves us, so we don’t have to earn it. 

As Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said, “It’s not because I am an archbishop that gives me my worth: worth comes from God free of charge!” 

God’s love elevates us without inflating us and humbles us without degrading us. How wonderful is that? 

Our amazing Creator and our loving Father, thank you so much for putting us together so wonderfully; thank you for loving us so overwhelmingly; for drawing us to yourself so amazingly and for the fact that we are precious to you.

Study by Cliff Neill

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