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"The One and Only You"

April 28, 2004

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I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

Are you just a computer listing, a social security number, a face in a crowd? Images of conformity, anonymity. How easy to feel insignificant and unimportant!

But the psalmist describes you the way God views you – as fearfully and wonderfully made. God created you just right in every detail. He formed you in your mother’s womb. No two people are exactly alike, not even identical twins.

In false humility we often deny that we are God’s unique creation: “I could never do that.” “I’m just average.” Such denial, however, displays sin against the Creator, in effect accusing Him of doing a poor job when He made us.

God also has a special plan for our lives. The psalmist writes, “All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16). God knows our sin and rebellion against Him. That’s why He sent His Son Jesus Christ to save the world from sin. He went to the cross for us and rose from the dead so that we could be new creations. Forgiven and restored, we can now live for God uniquely, under His guidance, using the gifts and talents He has given us. Unique creation, special plan, personal attention. God alone by His grace makes you not a number or a carbon copy but the one and only you.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord God, for making me a unique creation. Help me use the talents and gifts You have given me to Your glory. Amen.

(Devotions from “My Daily Devotion” by Dr. Stephen J. Carter, copyright 1988 CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, reocrding or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. For ordering information, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit www.cph.org.)

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Samuel 15-16    Luke 20:1-26

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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