99.5%. This is how similar we are to each other. Your DNA is 99.5% the same as mine. This kind of makes sense when you think about it. God says in Genesis 1:26 & 27, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
We were all created by the same God. We were all created in his likeness. This is why we are so similar. But I don’t want to focus on the 99.5%. I want to focus on the other .5%. The last little bit of each of our DNA determines who we are. It determines if your ugly, like your brother. It determines if your athletic, or lazy. It determines if you need glasses. And in my case, it determines if you start losing hair when you started your freshman year of high school (true story).
This last half percent determines who we are. It determines our personalities. It makes us unique. Your fingerprint is the only finger print like that, that has ever been in existence. There has never been a fingerprint like yours before, and there will never be one again. You are the only person that can be you. God created us individually.
Psalms 139:13-16 says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes say my unformed substance; in Your book were written, everyone of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” This means that God took his time and planned everything out for our lives. He took his time to determine how he wants the .5% difference to look like.
My .5% difference enables me to fulfill my calling. I am the only person that can do what I do, the way that I do it. I am the only person that can reach the people I am meant to reach. No one else can reach those people.
I can not do what Matthew West does. I can not sing if my life depended on it. But he can. He can reach people that I can’t reach. Matthew West can not do what you do. You are the only person that can do what you do.
But a lot of times we think that we can’t do anything because we are too young, or not smart enough, athletic enough, or what ever enough.
But God says otherwise. Jeremiah 1:5-8: “Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you, I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’ Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.’ But the LORD said to me. ‘Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.’”
And again in 1 Timothy 4:12, “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young…”
You are the way you are for a reason. You are perfect for the calling God has for you life. When you are feeling down and think that you are a nobody, remember that you are SOMEBODY. You are you. Dr. Seuss puts it this way, “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive that is you-er than you!”
You might look at yourself and see all your past mistakes. Or you might look at who you want to be in the future and think that you will never be that guy. Let me tell you that where you are at is a lot better than where you were, and where you WILL be is a lot better than where you are at now.
If you don’t believe me, and still don’t like something about yourself, believe Jesus. Jesus says to everyone of us, “I love you for who you are. I love you even with those three grey hairs on the right side of your head (hashtag my brother)” or “I love you even with your 6th toe on your left foot.” It doesn’t matter what it is, Jesus still loves you. And he wants you. He doesn’t want what the 99.5% similarities, he wants the .5% difference that makes you you. He doesn’t want a clone of someone else, he want’s you.
It doesn’t matter what you have done, or what you will do, he loves you, and he wants you. He wants you so much that he came and he died on the cross for you.
All you have to do is accept him. If you are tired and worn out. If you feel like you can’t go on. If you’ve been hurt by the people you love, or you feel like you’re worthless, go to Jesus. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Jesus will give you rest. To him, you mean something. His grace will make you new. You are you for a reason, someone needs you. We all have a calling. You are the only one that can fulfill your calling. Whether it is to be a preacher, a missionary, an athlete, a singer, a video game designer, or anything else. Whatever it is, nobody else can do it like you. Our callings are unique, and they are that way to reach a certain person that no one else can. The end goal and the mission is the same, but the way we do it is what’s unique.
Draw strength from God, stick to Jesus your whole life, never go anywhere without him. If you remain with him and you let him lead you, you will be all right. Through him, you will truly be you.
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