What Makes You Special?
Everyone likes to think that they are special in some way.
The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition, defines ‘special’ this way:
adj. 1. Surpassing what is common or usual; exceptional: a special occasion.
People find all sorts of ways to be special… some become more knowledgeable regarding a particular subject or discipline than others, and boast about that, some earn more money than others, and boast about that, some boast about their achievements, and/or their children’s achievements in life, and boast about that, some consume drugs, and boast about that, some indulge in alcohol, and boast about that, some indulge in sex, and boast about that, some practice meanness to others, and boast about that, and so on.
You may have noticed in the preceding paragraph that I mentioned the word ‘boast’ in every example. I used the word ‘boast’ because it is common for people everywhere to indulge in boasting to some degree simply because it reinforces for us our being special in some way; being special somehow separates us from, and elevates us above, everyone else.
I submit that as human beings, we cannot (in the normal course of events) stop boasting; the way the secular world is wired is for each one of us to inflate our own importance, oftentimes at the expense of others. This tendency is so ingrained in us that we do not have to think about it before making it happen.
If you boast in anything to be special, during most of those times you are regarding yourself as superior to others around you, and during all of those times you are convincing yourself that you have a right to feel that way. If you are intellectually honest, you know that what I have said is the truth.
Now with all of this having been said… the problem and resulting question is this:
We know that we have a need within ourselves to be special in some way. Is there a way to do this without vain boasting?
Yes there is.
Be a child of God.
God is the mightiest Being there is: Omnipresent, He transcends time as we understand it, existing from eternity past into, through and beyond the current temporal time that we exist in, into eternity future, present in every moment of every dimension of time known and unknown. Omniscient, He possesses all knowledge of all things known and unknown, past, present and future. Omnipotent, He possesses unlimited power, only one example of which is His creation of all that is seen and unseen in 6 literal days by the force of His will and the words from His mouth.
This same mightiest God gave His only Son Jesus Christ to suffer a horrendous death on the cross to pay the sin debt of humanity so that it would not be condemned before Him. His Son, by the mystery of the Holy Trinity, is this same mightiest Being there is:
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20)
All people have a sin nature, having inherited it through the disobedience of our original parents Adam and Eve, and this is God’s view of humanity:
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. (Romans 1:18-23)
For our sins against a just, pure, holy and righteous God, the penalty is eternal death:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Everyone… EVERYONE… is a sinner before God.
No one… NO ONE… deserves mercy on their own merits before God.
The good news…
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Because of the good news…
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
This is the promise…
Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:5-13)
The steps are easy:
- Declare with your mouth…
- Believe in your heart…
- Repent of your past sins.
- Walk in the path of righteousness according to God’s Word in Holy Scripture.
You are a child of God.
You are special in the eyes of God because you have worth to Him. Do you want to know what that worth is? Understand that whatever something is worth is what someone will pay for it.
God paid for you with His Son’s blood.
This is all the worth you will ever need, because when you one day die to this world and stand before God in judgment, He will look at you and see not the filthy, rotten-to-the-core sinner that you are, but the righteousness of His Son Jesus Christ, whose holy Name you professed and believed on.
Oh, yes… about boasting. What is ‘good boasting’? Here is what it is…
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31)
If you haven’t guessed by now, we who believe are the ‘foolish things’, the ‘weak things’, the ‘lowly things’ and the ‘despised things’ of this world… but we were chosen by God to confound the wise, strong, high and loved things of this world. Why did He do this? Behold the wisdom, not of men, but of God:
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
You are special, indeed!