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September 15, 2019 | Doug Sauder
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“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."—Psalm 139:13–14 (NIV)
Has anyone ever told you you’re unique? If so, did you believe it? Well, if you didn’t, you should have, because you are unique. I am unique.
As much as we’re all the same, created in the image and likeness of God (each with a brain, heart, the same bone structure and organs, two eyes, a nose, a mouth, two ears, two arms and legs, etc.), we are also incredibly unique and special. This is seen clearly here in today’s verse. God created you and me in our innermost being; He knit us together carefully, made us wonderfully and perfectly. He made us with our specific personality traits, gifts, talents, and passions.
Inasmuch as He created us as special and unique people, He wants us to walk in this. He wants us to be the individual He knit us together to be. Sadly, we are deceived into trying to be something or someone we’re not . . . into dressing like everyone else, talking like everyone else, and doing what everyone else is doing. We’re pressured into “fitting in” and following the crowd, following the trends and fads. We are stripped of our uniqueness, of that which is wonderful about us in favor of uniformity and consensus.
This is not what God wants for us. He wants us to live and operate in our uniqueness, to operate in the gifts and talents He gave us to bring glory to His name.
I think of my kids. They’re so unique, so wild, talented, creative, fun, funny, kind, and enthusiastic in their own ways. Instead of trying to fit them into the box of what I want them to become or how I think they should be, I should encourage them to pursue that which God created them to accomplish and to be the people God is calling them to be. Instead of stamping out the uniqueness of their personalities in favor of mindless consensus, I should help them develop and explore how to best glorify the Lord and serve others through that uniqueness. And I should instill in them a sense of satisfaction and confidence in who God made them to be.
Today, let’s commit to fostering a church culture where we encourage people to be the beautiful, unique individuals the Lord fashioned them to be, and where we encourage ourselves to be unique and diverse, allowing us to fit together perfectly as the body of Christ!
DIG: What makes you unique?
DISCOVER: Do you ever feel like hiding your uniqueness so you can blend in with the crowd? Why have you felt this way? What about this seems appealing?
DISPLAY: Celebrate your individuality, as well as the individuality of others! Tell five people why you appreciate and love something unique about them!