The understanding that you were created by a loving God comes with interesting implications. Your basic characteristics, skills, and traits become more meaningful, a clue into the mystery of who God calls you to be. You are special, crafted to impact the world in your own way, and living fully involves embracing those aspects of your creation. It also means walking away from the things you just aren’t good at.
But that’s not how we think, is it? Consumer culture thrives on pointing our attention to what we don’t have. Education systems struggle to match curriculum with individual talents. One-size-fits-all means we all look the same and nobody has found a good fit.
A powerful description of your unique creation comes from Psalm 129, which describes all of us as being fearfully and wonderfully made. But the purpose of those gifts doesn’t stop with you. Writing to the church in Corinth, the Apostle Paul explains how all our gifts fit together to do God’s work in the world. Our gifts are unique and special to us, but we form part of a greater, more meaningful whole:
1 Cor 12: 18-20: But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
Our God is a Trinity, a union of three persons into one substance, and we are made in God’s image. Our call to bring God’s Kingdom to earth means we must join together to get anything done. Strengths and weaknesses work together, cover for each other and strengthen each other.
You are part of the body, fearfully and wonderfully made. Your job is to take those God-given talents and gifts, join with the body of Christ, and work to bring the kingdom of God to our world. Together. Let’s get to work.