1. God has designed you for something specific. The temptations, trials, and tests which you have been through in this life have prepared you for the purposes of God. Trying to be something, or someone, that you are not, will ultimately fail. The infamous David V. Goliath battle in the OT is a prime example: “David said, ‘The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!’ Then Saul clothed David with his armor. He put a helmet of bronze on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail” ~ (1 Samuel 17:37-38). While Saul desired a bold, rugged, and mighty warrior, the king could not see what God had already seen—that David was already a mighty warrior, but in his own skin, not Saul’s armor. Don’t try and wear someone else’s skin—it won’t fit and you’ll only look foolish.
2. God knit together your DNA perfectly
. The Psalmist resounds at God’s amazingly creative hand; “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14). Being unique means that each of us were created in a specific way. Ever hear of Amy Carmichael, the 19th
century missionary? (click here for her story
) . Each night before bed, Amy cried out to God, despising her brown eyes and desiring beautiful blue eyes. Her prayers were never answered, or so she thought. Later in life as a missionary to India, Amy darkened her skin with coffee grounds and realized that her dark eyes allowed her to fit in perfectly within the Indian culture—she helped many women and children and people come to know Jesus Christ!
3. God is glorified in our weakness.
The LORD declared to Paul, ‘“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9). The Gospel illustrates one constant to us—that we are all sinners in need of grace. This means we are fallible…imperfect. We all have weaknesses. This is the beauty and love of the Gospel, that Christ died for us while we were still living in our sin (Rom. 5.8
). This means that while I was ultimately changed from my sinful ways, the testimony which I have in Christ, illustrates that my imperfect weakness and failure can only be attributed to the glory of God. In myself, I am weak, but in Christ, I am made strong. Therefore, any boasting I will do, will be in who I was and how He changed me, not a made up story about who I wanted to be or an embellishment to try and make me more popular—God is glorified by me being me, in Him!