Bible Study: Uniquely You!
By Major Cathi Boyd, CFOT
When I was little, I dreaded it when we had to paint pictures of ourselves. It was the coloring of the eyes that got to me. Most kids had it easy—they had straightforward blue eyes, or brown eyes, or even green eyes. My eyes, on the other hand, are kind of green, sometimes brownish, and they have an orangy- yellow circle around the pupil. I remember trying to paint my eyes with all these colors and having it turn into a muddy, muddled mess. Of course, the other kids laughed at my picture with the racoon eyes.
As I grew up, I learned my changeable eye color actually had a name: hazel. I still thought them ugly. A visit to an optometrist’s office in my late teens changed that. The doctor said he thought my eye color was unique and quite special with it’s “well defined amber and rust-colored ring.” He was writing an article for a medical journal and could he take a picture, he asked. I left his office with an updated prescription for glasses, and a new perspective on my unique eyes.
We are all unique and special people. God has created each of us this way. Let’s take a minute to explore what His Word tells us about our uniqueness. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV) This verse tells us three things about our uniqueness.
First, we are God’s handiwork. Other versions say we are God’s workmanship, or even His masterpiece! What does each of the following verses say about who we are, and how unique and special we are to God?
1) Genesis 1:27
2) Psalm 139:13
3) Psalm 139:14
4) Matthew 10:30
The second part of Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are created in Christ to do good works, or as another version says, recreated in Christ to do good things. Read the following verses and see how they support the truth that we are unique, and that we each have a one of a kind purpose.
1) 2nd Corinthians 5:17
2) Romans 12:4-5
3) Romans 12:6-8
4) 1 Peter 2:9
Finally, the third part of Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are so special to God that He thought of us long ago and planned for our unique role in His kingdom. What do the following verses say in support of this?
1) Psalm 139:16
2) Ephesians 1:4-5
3) Jeremiah 29:11
And finally, one day we will stand before the Lord and He will give us a gift to demonstrate exactly how unique and special we are to Him. Revelation 2:17 tells us that He will give each of us a white stone with a new name written on it, and that name will only be known by God, and by us. I love this! Not only has He created us to be unique and planned in advance for us to have a unique job in the Body of Christ, He has already selected a new, and one of a kind name for each of us in eternity. Makes you feel pretty special, doesn’t it?