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                 SHORT and POINTED                             The Responsibility of Uniqueness             Posted 12/23/18

                                     Short and Pointed
                      The Responsibility of Uniqueness

 

15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Philippians 2:15

 

     We as humans like to think of ourselves as the same in many ways but also proclaim our uniqueness. We like to think of ourselves as different and the same at the same time. Almost like we can't make up our minds! Most often we claim our likeness when it has to do with something we know is wrong or when has no real value. We in our sin nature use our membership in the human race to excuse our unholy actions, words and even our thoughts.
   "Well, everybody does it!'
“I'm no different than anyone else. God knows I'm not perfect!"
"Well that's what they say!"
    Isn't it amazing how quick we are to excuse behavior we know is unholy by blaming it on the evidence of so many people doing the same thing. Like the sheer number makes unholiness, less or even not sinful.
    Yes we are all alike in our sin nature.
Why? Because, when sin entered through Adam and Eve it became part of every man. So we actually can claim our likeness to all men because of the sin that is in all of us.
     We also like to claim our differences and even will raise our hands in battle to proclaim the righteousness of those differences. Most often in the way we believe what is best for everyone. Our self righteousness becomes so demanding that it becomes necessary to force others to see, think and act our way. Politics and religion have been the greatest outpouring of our self righteous behavior. We believe we are right and will stop at nothing to beat others into thinking like we do.
      But that is the definition of differences and likenesses as groups of people. What I want to bring to light is our likenesses and differences in a singular manner. We are all alike in the fact that we are all descendants of Adam and Eve. Our lost condition from birth is all the proof that is needed.
We are all recognizably human even though we are all different in size and shape and color. We are all from the same seed that has been scattered and adapted to their locations and living conditions. We are all brethren in the fact that we all came from the first man and woman created by God.
      Yet each one of us is unique. God has created all of us to be like His first created man and woman but He also created us to be unique.
We are not robots or clones. We are individuals. Like snowflakes. Not a single one is the same yet collectively they make snow.
We are unique in ourselves yet collectively make up the human race.
      This brings us to a very important question and point we must consider.
Why are we unique and does it make us responsible for anything?
First, God has made each of us unique. We are all different in His eyes because He created us to be different while being the same.
He knows each of us from the beginning and knows each of us through the end. So we are seeing a singular unique being involved with the existence and well being of all mankind.
     Through His first creations God has brought forth everything we know in this world. All living things that reproduce its own kind including mankind.  
So we are all God's creation. We are made by His hands for His glory, yet because of sin in our souls brought by disobedience from our first parents we are no longer made in the image of God.
    God made man in His own image.
God made man sinless! Don't walk around thinking that you look like God. God’s image is pour holiness! No sin in Him!
God is Spirit! He created us to be like Him in holiness in fellowship and love.
We are all created to be different in the likeness of God.
This brings about the question of responsibility.
If we are all created as individually unique beings, then we are all singularly responsible for returning to our first purpose in life.
What is that? To glorify God in His likeness!
We are all made to be in the likeness of God but we are all born in the likeness of Satan. We are all born in sin as the children and slaves of sin. But our purpose in life is to live in holiness and fellowship and love with God, just as Adam and Eve were created to be. We are to singularly repent of our sin and come to the foot of the Cross in love with our Lord who shed his blood for our sin. We are to confess His finished work on the cross and His being raised for the glory of God to be our Lord and savior in faith and obedience.
    Each one of us is responsible for repenting unto faith in love with our Lord. It does not come through agreeing with someone else's words or being a member of some religious group practicing their mandatory activities.
     We are call to be Christ like!
18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18
     Individually we are called to be Christ like.
We are all unique in the eyes of God. We are all His precious creations.
We are all lost to Him through sin, yet we are all called to return to Him through repentance unto faith and obedience in life for His glory.
We are called because of His loving mercy and by grace we are given the way to return to Him. Each one of us individually!
Because you are unique it is your singular responsibility to rise from being a child of sin and an heir of destruction to be a handmade child of God in His image; holy and in loving fellowship with Him through faith and obedience to His living Word, Jesus Christ.
     Salvation comes down to one on one; you and Jesus Christ.
It is such a glorious thing to know that God made you unique from all other humans that have been, are or will be. Yet it is such a horrifying fact that what many were made to be, they will not return to, because they choose to live irresponsibly. They excuse their actions and words and thoughts as just being human and refuse to be the unique and chosen vessels they were intended to be.
  God loves each one of us with the same love He has for His Son, Jesus Christ. You are unique in all of God's creation. He loves you so much He gave His only Son to be a sacrificed for your sin. Your sin!  All you need do is repent of that sin and confess the shed blood of Christ in love for you.
It's your responsibility to recognize the truth and accept the gift of life in love with Jesus Christ. It's your responsibility to give your life to Christ in faith and obedience, leaving the excuses of men in this world, behind.
12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Philippians 2:12
15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Philippians 2:15

Amen!

 

Short and Pointed

The Responsibility of Uniqueness
Pastor Steven Freede
Cornerstone Independent Church
12/22/18

 

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