“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.”
— Psalm 138:8
I like the idea that God only made me once. And, He did it right the first time.
God made you once. You were worth the work that first time. Then He threw away that mold because one of you is enough for Him. You’re enough. You are the sacred painting, the original.
God made us this way on purpose. It’s no mistake that we are formed the way we are. But why?
“Why did God make humans in the first place?”
Look at Isaiah 43:7:
“Everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.”
God created us for His glory. Hang with me for a little Old Testament lesson. The word “create” in the original Hebrew is “bara.” When this particular word is used, God is the only subject — He does all the work. Only He can create in this particular way. We may be able to create a painting or create chaos, but as humans, we cannot “bara.” So when God made you, He did something that only He can do, and He did that for His glory.
This short (Hebrew 101) lesson does have a point. We look at the original language of the text to see, according to Scripture, that we were made especially by God to promote Him, glorify Him, and worship Him. Nothing on earth is more important, for this life and eternity, than knowing this and fleshing this great truth out in our daily lives!
If we are each as unique as the Bible says we are, then our calls to courage are each equally unique.
So what does this have to do with being brave?
KEY THOUGHT: We each have to be brave in our own ways.
The painting of your life is a masterpiece that will never be replicated, and there’s a brave brush to use in this painting that will change everything for God’s glory and for your good. Maybe you want to move to another country to live and share about Jesus. My friend, that is brave. It really is. But so is being a stay-at-home mom. And so is being a cable technician. So is being an author or a baseball player or a chef or a retired, volunteer worker at your church.
Courage looks different for each of us. Courage plays itself out daily in the beauty of who we are spiritually, not what we look like physically in Christ.
For some, being brave is facing a chronic health problem, yet determined to overcome it’s discouraging effects by keeping a spirit of joy as a witness to God’s power in Christ working through you that others see.
Perhaps for others, being brave is facing a difficult job situation, that isn’t your first choice, where you are surrounded by those who don’t share your views on God. But, you believe rightly God has you there for a special purpose and that is to be a courageous witness for the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is God’s bravery at work in and through you.
God made you on purpose and unique. God has called you to be brave. And God will equip you to do it. Your beauty will be fully seen when you face the music of whatever your circumstances are with the confidence that God is not only with you, but He will lead, guide and direct you to do whatever it is He desires you to do for others, as you totally depend on Him.
Be Very Brave: In your journal, list some ways you feel your life is unique. What do you love? How do you like to spend your time? What ways do you see your life as different from anyone else’s? How can you better re-envision your immediate circumstances to see how God can use you to make a difference in the lives of others?
You may find it helpful to talk with your Pastor this week and ask him the areas of need in your church because when we make ourselves available to serve God, our Christian lives will experience a joy and abundance that we can’t have if we are always sitting on the sidelines.