Saturday, May 31, 2008

Chosen and unique

This just chokes me up every time. Brilliant, inspiring, fills you with joy.

This guy, Paul Potts went on to win the competition and has now got a great recording career. But he always had this talent. It was always there within him.

He never gave up on it, and now he's realised his dream and fulfilled his talent.

Now not all of us get to be singers, not all of us get to be celebrities or up front or well known by everyone.

But that doesn't mean we don't have unique talents.

God has given every single person on this earth a unique personality, unique calling and unique gifts. The passions we feel inside are often put there by God. He's given us specific roles to fulfill. We're all here for a reason. God believes in us, He believes we can live the way that He wants us to live and He has given us gifts to use on this world.

We don't have to work in a church to use them for God's glory either. Paul said "Whatever you do, by thought word or deed, do it to the praise and the glory of God". So if you're a doctor, do it for God's glory. If you're a hairdresser, a dentist, a road worker, a decorator, whatever you do, do it for God. Honour God in how you treat the people you work with, by doing your job with integrity, by doing your best in whatever you're doing.

There is another meaning of that verse, that God wants us to try and follow Him and live like Him whatever we're doing. Wherever we live, wherever we are at any time, put God first and acknowledge Him.

I'm not saying we have to talk about God all the time or use religious language, or thank God all the time. But in how you live, how you treat people, how you speak, your attitude, in all the little things, honour God. Live His way.

Coming back to my main point though, the point is that God values each of us, each of us is special, unique, chosen, gifted. There will never be anyone else exactly the same as you again in history. God made you that way. celebrate that.

We are worth dying for, all of us. Jesus came to show us how to live, but He also came to show us how much we are loved. The cross showed us how much God loves us, how He longs for us to know Him.

He also longs for us to find who we were made to be, and to fulfill that destiny. He's outside of time, He already knows what will happen. Even so, He's with us right now as we live that out. How that destiny turns out is up to the choices we make. We need to choose to see ourselves as God sees us.

Unique, loved, chosen, gifted, worth dying for. That's for all of us