You are one of a kind. You are unique. There is only one you.
I don’t say that to boost your self-esteem – but to help you better serve others by being more confident about your God-given role in life. No one else fits your shape. No one else has your blend of gifts, talents and natural abilities making you very important in the whole scheme of things. As it is with the human body, so it is with the Body of Christ, the corporate collection of all who believe.
1 Corinthians 12:18 “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.”
But this uniqueness goes beyond giftedness; it reaches as well into the depth of each of our experiences in life. No one else has lived your life. No one else has experienced your pain, your hardship, your joys and your sorrows. Everything in life shapes us and we are shaped by everything for a reason: so that we can touch others in a unique way based upon who we are and what we’ve been through. God doesn’t waste anything in our lives.
Every piece of our lives and all our experiences can be used by God to touch someone else. We were made for each other; we live for each other; we even die for each other. We die with hope so that others who live might see the reality of Christ in even the darkest of hours. God uses everything.
Are you just getting by, or are you living for a reason? Think about your unique gifts and ask yourself how those gifts are benefiting others. What specific way is God using you to touch others in the Body of Christ?
Do you seem to have an extra measure of wisdom, or mercy, or discernment, or knowledge, or administration, or desire to serve? These will help determine how you can look for opportunities to help others.
Then think about the things you have gone through so far in your life, especially the difficult or challenging things where God has met you with His presence and power. That information is not just for you, it’s for you to empathize with and encourage others who have encountered similar struggles.
God isn’t messing around here. There are no accidents with our lives. Whatever we have received and experienced has shaped who we are, and because of that, we are qualified servants. There is truly no one else like you – and believe it or not, God cannot do through others what lies uniquely within you. That’s right. There are some things which God can only achieve through you – because there is only one you!