Today's Devotional Thought
July 18, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
Today, I want to share something that Wendy and I have talked about recently. It is something that I think all women deal with and it can be particularly striking when you are working side by side with someone in a class, on a project, or in job or ministry. It is something that we’ve all heard sermons on and we sit in our pews nodding in agreement and feeling strong in the concept. But, when the reality of it emerges, Satan can really run with it and cause problems in our fulfillment of God’s work.
What I’m talking about today is difference, uniqueness, or individuality. And, how each one of us is truly uniquely made and as a result, each one of us has different skills, personalities, experiences, and usefulness in God’s plans and in his kingdom.
One of my favorite verses is Psalm 139:14: I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well (NAS). As I studied this verse, I was fascinated by the word wonderfully. What does it mean to be wonderfully made? As I researched the word, I found that the word wonderfully in this verse means, “to be distinct, marked out, be separated, be distinguished.” You are a wonderful, distinct, separated creation. Among all of God’s creations, humans are distinct and amazing. And within the human race, you as an individual are a distinct, distinguished, and wonderful creation to be used by God for his glory. Each one of us is distinct and individually useful to God. And, I believe that the distinction of his creation really reflects how marvelous God is. And even more marvelous to me, is how he wants to use each one of us, in our distinct forms to glorify him.
We are all different. We have different skills, different personalities, and different talents. And, God wants to use all of them and God needs us to be different so that we can reach all of the different people who need to hear about him.
For those of you who know us personally, my next statement here is going to be no surprise to you. For those of you who do not know us personally, then you will learn a little something about your team at After the Miracle. Wendy and I are best friends, sisters in fact. And, we both love the Lord, love studying the Bible, and love sharing that with other women. But despite our shared passion, we are as different as night and day. Our backgrounds, our experiences, our personalities, our skills and talents are so different. And we both believe that God placed us in ministry together because we are so different. And God has used our difference to bring such a broader perspective to our ministry and to our usefulness. And it has been simply amazing.
But dear friends, I have to tell you that Satan knows how to use our difference to tear us down. You see, when God is telling us that our differences make us such a stronger team for him, Satan is whispering in our ears how she is better at something than I am or I am better at something than she is. And he tries to use our differences to tear us down and ultimately, to tear us apart.
I believe it happens a lot in churches or in any group that desires to share Jesus with others. God created variety and variety offers so much to a group. But Satan will jump in and begin to use differences to create dissention, disagreements, and dissatisfaction. And if you are not aware of it, you will fall victim to Satan’s plans.
Today, I want you to celebrate your distinction. Praise God for making you distinct and wonderfully useful to him in this world. Do not let Satan tear you apart because you are less than someone else at something. Instead, celebrate how God has made you wonderfully and beautifully to be used by him.