June 2, 2019

We are all Exceptional.




“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” Matthew 7: 7-11(KJV)

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Who does God care about? What does He reward? Does He only value those with these characteristics…?
  • Intelligence
  • Wealth
  • Good looks
  • Power
  • Willingness to work hard
  • Talent
No, those are all attributes society cares about. Matthew, chapter 7 tells us God esteems all of us in the same way. We just have to ask Him for what we want.

An article on amazingfacts.org explores the depth of God’s love and favor. This table summarizes the main points:

God’s Thoughts                                              The World’s Opinion
(Genesis 1:27) We’re created in God’s image.
Evolution from single-cell organisms
(Isaiah 49:15) He has compassion for us. This is comparable to a mother’s feelings for her children.
Selfishness
(Jeremiah 29:11) He thinks thoughts of peace towards us. He gives us a future and a hope.
Fear in the present. Anxiety for the future.
(Jeremiah 31:3) His love for us can’t be measured.
Judgment
Acceptance based on performance
(Romans 5:8) He sent Christ to die for us.
Limited by personal ability
(1 John 3:1) God calls us His children.
Belief that humans are unexceptional
(Ephesians 2: 4-7) He is rich in mercy and love, even when we sin. His grace is shown in his kindness toward us.
Lack of common courtesy
(Psalms 8: 4-6) We’re crowned with glory and honor. We have authority over all things on Earth.
Equality of all living organisms
(Psalms 139: 14) All of us are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Importance of appearance and capabilities

My Conclusion

Every individual is equally valued by God; no exceptions.  He looks beyond appearance, intelligence, and social status. That’s not how he judges us. The following paragraphs will list one example of how our true worth is often hidden below the surface:

Kodi Lee is a 22-year-old blind and autistic musician. Some might call him “disadvantaged”, or “disabled”. Neither he, nor his family, seems to accept either of those terms, however. The video of his recent audition on America’s Got Talent has gone viral—and with good reason.
The young man is stunningly talented. He made judge Simon Cowell’s jaw drop when he began his performance. His singing voice was confident and clear, unlike his speaking voice. His piano playing was perfectly smooth.  Please enjoy the video:


What does God’s love mean to you?


2 comments:

  1. One of my favorite songs is called "Worth" It is about Jesus dying for you because you are worth it. Powerful message. Great post, Traci

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  2. Carol Graham, I think I've heard that song. It is beautiful and powerful...Thanks for your kind review!!

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