If someone asked you what was special about you, would you be able to tell them?
This question has come to mind a lot the last few months. I’m not sure I know what is special about me. Sometimes I feel special, but I don’t have a specific reason for why I’m special. Even though I want to believe I’m special, there are lies that remind me of past mistakes and failures clouding my memory of my accomplishments. I am my own worst critic.
Maybe this isn’t you at all. But I know a few people who are also caught in the lies of “You are not valuable.”
But you are! You are valuable and so worthwhile! Have you not heard about the Jesus who walked among the broken, the sick, the hopeless, the ones who were outcast? He also was an outcast, unwelcome in the temple because He spoke words of love and for all, not just the cookie cutter “righteous” man.
Can you believe it? Can you understand a man, who was God in flesh, actually paid the sacrifice required (death) in order for people to not have to pay for their disobedience to God through continual sacrifices? He paid the price that was required to allow all people to have a relationship with God. He broke the barriers of sin.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (ESV)
Yes, the God of the universe thought you and I were special enough to sacrifice his own son for us.
It doesn’t matter if you think you’re special. It doesn’t matter if I can’t figure out what my spiritual gift is. It doesn’t even matter if I use it (although gifts were meant to be used- Romans 12:6). You are loved. You are seen as special in the eyes of God.
Whether you think you’re special or not, know that you are needed. There is no one more useful to do what you do than you!