Remarkable – worthy of attention; striking
We all know remarkable people. We call them remarkable based on an attribute of their character, such as kindness toward others or their love for the Lord.
But so many people want to fit into what the world defines as worthy of attention. Maybe that’s to look a certain way, or be a certain way or have certain things. But what Christian wants to be like the world? After all, Jesus taught us that we are not of this world, even though we are in it.
14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. John 17:14-16 ESV
What does that mean? Well, to be in the world is to be in the place of the world but to be of the world is to be defined by it. For example, I used to work in a hospital. Therefore, I would be in the hospital. But I was never of the hospital; the hospital was not who I was.
It took me a long time to realize that God truly did create each of us as unique and remarkable human beings in His image. Certainly, we can all agree that we know that, but do we really live like we know that? I dare say most of us do not.
I was saved at twelve years of age and I certainly had a different worldview than I do now. Even though I surrendered myself to Jesus, I was pulled toward the things of the world. I wanted to be popular and successful, to name a few. And in my younger days, I certainly thought I knew a lot about Jesus and the Bible.
Now that I have matured as a believer and follower of Christ, I find my desires and worldview have changed. I’ve learned that I only need to please ONE. I’ve learned that obedience to my Saviour and Lord is the definition of success, not what others think of me.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14 ESV
The psalmist wrote the scripture above. I want to encourage you by reminding you that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Now’s the time your soul knows that very well.
Today, focus on who you are in Jesus Christ. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. God’s works are wonderful and you, my friend, are one of His works. He doesn’t expect you to be sinless, Jesus took care of that on the cross. He expects us to sin less as we walk with Him.
This Christmas and ever day, feel your freedom in Jesus! Let yourself be your own kind of remarkable!
Share in the comments someone you know that is remarkable and why!