Summary: We are fearfully and wonderfully created and we connect to God in unique ways that illustrate that divine creativity.
The Great Commandments and Your Uniqueness *
Sermon Objective: We are fearfully and wonderfully created and we connect to God in unique ways that illustrate that divine creativity.
Psalm 100:3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm139:13-16: 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
The Greatest Commandment (12:28-31)
28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?"
29"The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'31The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. 'There is no commandment greater than these."
So I have been thinking lately of God’s creative sovereignty over each human being and the relationship that that person (uniqueness and all) has with the two core values of Jesus. I have been thinking about the relationship between human personality and the five expressions of love found in those two commands.
Sometimes we forget that each of us was fearfully and wonderfully made. The sovereign God chose to make you just as you are. That includes your unique personality.
There has been a lot of study done on the personality. It is very helpful in seeing how awe-inspiring God’s fearful and wonderful workmanship is. ONE OF THE POWERFUL INSIGHTS IT PROVIDES THE CHURCH IS THE REMINDER THAT WE DO NOT ALL APPROACH ANY SUBJECT FROM THE SAME VANTAGE POINT, WITH THE SAME NEEDS, OR EVEN ASSUMPTIONS.
By God’s sovereign design, some of us are:
• Intuitive: dealing with degrees of using the imagination
• Sensate: dealing with degrees of “feeling” oriented
• Judging: dealing with degrees of orderliness and manage-driven
• Perceptive: dealing with degrees of spontaneity and flexibility.
THE DANGER COMES IN THINKING THAT EVERYONE APPROACHES WORSHIP, GOD, AND OTHER CHRISTIANS JUST AS “I DO.” WHEN THIS BECOMES RIGID IT QUESTIONS THE LEGITIMACY OF ANOTHER’S EXPERIENCE. INSTEAD OF SAYING, “THAT’S NOT FOR ME” THEY SAY, “THAT SHOULDN’T BE FOR ANYBODY.”
WE DO NOT REALIZE THAT IN SUCH ASSESSMENTS WE OFTEN INSULT GOD WHO CREATED PEOPLE TO CONNECT TO HIM AND HIS WORLD FROM DIFFERENT STARTING POINTS … IT IS DIVINELY WIRED INTO EACH OF US.