“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 saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139: 13-16.
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.” Jeremiah 1:4-5.
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone. Galatians 1:15-16.
God began knitting us together from the time of conception in our Mother’s womb. Indeed, He has determined the number of our days even before we were born. He was the One who formed us from top to bottom, personality and all. Before we were born He consecrated, “set apart”, us for some special duty that He created only for us. For Jeremiah is was being a prophet. For Paul, it was to be an Apostle and to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles. For you and me, it could be as a Sunday School teacher, an encourager, an intercessor, staffing the nursery, visiting the sick and shut in, or the one who sets out the chairs and cleans the bathrooms before a church meeting among a host of other duties that advance the Kingdom of God. Whatever God assigns us, He will uniquely gift us for it and give us the talent and abilities to perform it well. It will be an important job He has personally assigned to us. Further, He will give us peace and joy in performing these duties, but will not for a duty He has not assigned to us.
We need to look to God to determine His plan for our life, find our place in the Body of Christ and joyfully fulfill our special purpose He has called us to. “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5.
You are set apart for your special purpose. You are called. You are intricately woven, fearfully and wonderfully made!
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That’s an encouraging reminder. I was thinking about an aspect of it today; it’s not what we accomplished or failed to, that make us the people who are God’s workmanship in Christ Jesus.