2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!
One of a Kind
By: Gene Markland, cbn1.com
I saw the passing of a famous news reporter become an event covered by all the major news outlets. Her entire professional career was chronicled and displayed for all to see. Her coverage of national and international news became legendary.
Especially remarkable was her assignments to cover no less than 10 United States Presidents. As her fellow journalists gave her accolades, one phrase echoed repeatedly. “She was one of a kind.”
So many unique individuals have come and gone in our lifetime: sports figures, actors, politicians, and explorers, some of whom went to the moon and back. They, the most unique and famous, were all called one of a kind.
Through Bible history, we also learn the stories of other very unique individuals. We discover people such as King David. He was a mighty warrior for God who slew Goliath, the giant enemy of God’s people. God used David to forge a nation, the people of Israel.
David was a man of great spiritual depth and understanding, yet a man of fiery human passion and fallibility. However, he was a man after God’s own heart. He was one of a kind.
Remember the story in the Bible of the woman who brought expensive perfume, her personal fortune, and anointed Jesus by pouring it out over His head? After a disciple chastened her for wasting it all, saying it could have been sold to help the poor, Jesus said that wherever the gospel is preached around the world, her deed would be talked about in her memory. She was one of a kind.
In modern times we have men such as Billy Graham, another one of a kind who brought the gospel of Christ to millions around the world.
Then, of course, there’s Lord Jesus who gave up the splendor of heaven and His life there with Father God to come to earth and become one of us, the son of man. He did this to become the legal sacrifice for our sin. He became our kinsman redeemer.
He took our place on the cross and became sin for us, thereby enabling us to become the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV). Yes, Jesus is one of a kind!
Then there’s you, dear Reader. Yes, you! God’s word says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, (Psalm 139:14 NIV) formed by Him in your Mother’s womb (Job 31:15 NIV). God doesn’t love you because of what you do. He loves you because of who you are … His child.
Your heavenly Father loves you so much in fact that He gave His only begotten Son that you would be saved and have life everlasting (John 3:16 NIV). He did this because He wants you for Himself. Imagine that! He wants you! He loves you so much that He is absorbed with every detail of your life. Even the number of hairs on your head draws His attention (Luke 12:7 NLT).
Why, you may ask, does God love you so much? Why? Because you are His child and are truly one of a kind!
Why Your Brand of Unique is Perfect
“Sixty queens there may be, and eighty concubines, and virgins beyond number; but my dove, my perfect one, is unique …” Song of Solomon 6:8-9a (NIV)
I look back at photos of my teenage self with a smile and a shake of my head.
My favorite look was funky. There are pictures of me in costume with a T-shirt held together with safety pins and hair faux-hawked to perfection. Other shots show my penchant for shoes in the colors of the rainbow and a prom dress carefully chosen not to be like anyone else’s. Without shame or fear, I chose what I liked, and I didn’t care if anyone else saw it as a fashion statement or a fiasco. My clothes were a reflection of how I felt about myself — confident and carefree.
When we girls grow into women, however, sometimes we lose confidence and find comparison. Later in my life, there was a phase when I only wanted to be the version of myself that was widely accepted — what everybody else was buying into. I concentrated on blending in, because that seemed like the best way to fit in. I wanted to be the size of other women, to dress like other women, to act like other women. I tried and tried to be just like everyone else, when I’m actually like no one else.
And neither are you!
God is the Creator who made us to enjoy variety, because He loves multiplicity and uniqueness.
Think of this … a utilitarian god would have created just one organism to pollinate flowers. Even though only one is technically needed, our creative, diversity-loving God created over 10 types of organisms including bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and even bats to do the pollinating. Within that group, there are more than 17,000 species of butterflies encompassing every imaginable color, size and shape.
And God was just getting started with the butterflies. When you’re in a crowd today, appreciate the wild beauty of the women around you — straight hair and curly hair. Ebony, mocha, ruddy and ivory skin tones, with every hue between. Wide noses, thin noses and noses turned up at the end like mine. No face or body is the same, because God doesn’t make duplicates.
God created diversity, and He loves diversity. Uniqueness delights our God!
When King Solomon spoke to his love in Scripture, he praised her for being unique in a way that surpassed even queens. Scholars say that these words were written to be a picture of how Jesus, the lover of our soul, sees us individually. Do you hear Him saying to you, “My dove, (fill in your name here), my perfect one is unique …”? (Song of Solomon 6:9a)
I’m not a mass-produced woman, my friend, and neither are you. God labored in hand-crafting each of us, one by one. Perfection as defined by God means that we’re unique. We’re at our closest to perfect when we’re living most fully as the one-of-a-kind woman God made, not when we’re conforming into the sameness the world around us wants to prescribe.
The things that make you different are what make you beautiful. Is it your humor? The gentleness of your spirit? The kindness of your heart? Is it your taste for funky clothes or the way you connect instantly with children? Is it your analytical brain or the music that flows from your fingers? Whatever your special blend is, embrace it.
Let’s live as our most perfectly unique version today. Let’s be our rare, beautiful selves, allowing our creative God to shine His glory through us.
TO THE BIBLE: Hebrews 12:1-2
“..Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Jessica came back from school one day, went straight into her room, slammed the door and burst into tears. She felt so dejected because she had been teased by her classmates who were better at sports. She sobbed for a while until her mum came into her room and calmed her down. “Jessy, don’t measure your success by how well others are doing. You’re unique, and the Holy Spirit will show you your gifts, and teach you how to develop them,” she soothed.
Sometimes, there’s the temptation to feel discouraged when it seems others around you are making better progress. Recognise that such feelings are absolutely unnecessary. That someone else is succeeding doesn’t mean you’re failing. The reason many get into unhealthy competitions and strife is their ignorance of this truth. You need to understand that you’re unique, and nobody can do that which God has asked you to do exactly as you would. Therefore, refuse to compare yourself with someone else. Focus on your calling; work on outdoing your past and not someone else. This consciousness will make your life full of rest, because you’ll learn to measure your success through God’s Word.