Summary: How God Made You is about learning about the way God made you, he made you to us you in his work
Why GOD HAS MADE YOU
Psalm 139:13 & Selected
You don’t have to travel too far around the world until you discover very quickly that God loves variety. He loves variety! He’s made all shapes, sizes, colors, intensities, incredible variety in our world. God has made over 300,000 species of beetles. Would you call that creative overkill? Don’t you think the world could have got along with just 50,000 species of beetles? Why did He create 300,000? He loves variety.
In one cubic foot of snow there are 18 million snowflakes and not one of them are alike. Nobody else is going to see it but God. He loves variety.
He likes variety in people too. Have you ever had to wait for an airplane and watch the parade of peculiar people walk by? God loves variety. And He made every single one of those individuals. He made you.
Psalm 139:13 (Good News) "You (God) created every part of me. You put me together in my mother’s womb." v. 14 (LB) "Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous." Job 10:8 (Good News) "Your hands formed and shaped me." Circle "shaped."
From these verses we learn three foundational truths that are going to be the foundation of the series we’re beginning today and be in for the next several weeks.
Three important truths about you:
1. I am unique. You’re unique. There’s not anybody in the world like you. There never has been. There never will be. When God made you He broke the mold. God does not create carbon copies, He only creates originals. You’re unique. If you were to search the whole world, you wouldn’t find two people who had the same footprint or fingerprint or voiceprint. You are unique. Why did God make you different from every person who’s ever lived? Why did He go to all that trouble? Because He wants you to know how special you are, how much you matter to Him. You are unique.
2. I am wonderfully complex. How many of you married somebody who is wonderfully complex? The fact is, you are so complex many times we are a mystery to ourselves. Have you ever acted in a certain way that surprised you? Have you ever said something and later thought, "What was I thinking when I said that?" Have you ever felt a certain way and later thought, "Why do I feel this way? What’s happening to me?" We are mysteries to ourselves. Have you ever been in a group and everybody reacted one way to a circumstance and you found yourself reacting in the exact opposite way to everyone else in the group? Inside you’re thinking, "What’s wrong with me?" There’s nothing wrong with you, you’re just unique.
In this series we hope to shed some light on the mystery that’s you. You are complex and you are unique. Sometimes you just have to admit, "I don’t know why I feel this way. I don’t know why I said that. I don’t know why I thought that." But God does. You are unique and you’re wonderfully complex.
3. I was shaped for a purpose! God created everything in the world for a purpose, the Bible says, including you. You’re not here by accident. You’re not just taking up space. God made you for a reason. You were designed by God and it was His idea. It’s not a mistake. You were planned before birth. God did not simply sit down at a computer and randomly access a bunch of components and throw it all together and out came you. The bible says every clearly that you were purposefully, personally, orderly planned and designed by God. His loving hand made you exactly the way you are. You’re not an accident. God had a plan in the genetic codes of your life. He didn’t just throw it all together. You are you because God wanted you to be you. Your uniqueness is what God wants you to offer to the world.
We’re going to begin a new series this week that I’m calling "You Are Shaped For Significance". Today I just want to overview the five factors of your shape and how that shape influences your life. In the succeeding weeks we’ll go into detail of each of these five components.
I. THE FIVE PARTS OF MY GOD-GIVEN SHAPE
In our class 301 we talk about how God has shaped you for ministry. But in this series we’re not going to talk about ministry, we’re going to talk about how your shape affects every other area of your life -- your relationships, your career, your finances, your retirement, your enjoyment, your hobbies, your recreation -- how God uses your shape in every other area of life.