Have you or your kids ever attended a camp or game where the leader says, “We’re giving out a special ‘most improved’ award!” You think it might just be something your child deserves, having outpaced all the other kids—at least in your opinion. You anticipate the announcement, and the leader says, “Everyone did such a good job that the award goes to the entire group. Congratulations! You’re all special!”
Well, that’s nice, but you don’t feel that special or recognized if everyone is special and recognized.
Or, as someone said, “If everyone is special, then no one is.”
Ponder that quote for a while from a Christian perspective and a Bible perspective. Is everyone special to God? Of course. He originally created humans in his image, which makes us—even having lost that image and needing it restored—“worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31) to God. As a bonus for those who believe, we’re all his children, a special relationship that he promises as our heavenly Father.
So if we’re all special to God does that mean then none of us is really special after all. Wrong. Within our celebrated status of special to God, each of us is uniquely special. Particularly blessed. Individually gifted. Our common “body of Christ” status celebrates collective special-ness, yet each of us is a part of the body. A fit, functional part, important to the common good. “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many…Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:14,27).
Ponder that for a while. Nobody else has your fingerprints. Nobody can look in the mirror and see you looking back at them, except you. You’re not Miss Everybody or Mr. Generic. You’re you, uniquely knit together by God’s creative energy and love. So in some way’s you’re just like everyone else, but in other ways you’re not. God’s idea is that both make you special. So I guess
you’re doubly special!
Pastor Dean Boernke