I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. – Psalm 139:14
Are you unique? It’s no secret that you are. Just as everyone else! David even understood that and praised God for doing so. He used some interesting terms to portray his thoughts. The main Hebrew term seems to carry a sense of distinctiveness or uniqueness. So, David understood that he was made distinct from others in his structure, and it was because God made him that way; he knew it in his very soul!
Flipping the pages, or swiping your finger across the screen for some of us, to the New Testament book of Ephesians, written by the apostle Paul, we see that same idea come through in this letter to the believers in Ephesus: we are unique. To begin the 4th chapter, Paul hints at uniqueness as he urges “walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.” However, he does not stop there.
Though we are created different and have different purposes, we are still “to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Paul further explains that there is to be unity between believers when he stated, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Through the following paragraph in Ephesians 4, Paul further explains that each of us “is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” and that God “gave gifts unto men.” He gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor teachers for the purpose of “perfecting the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith…” Again, he reminds us of unity.
We are created unique, but told to be unified. How? Verse 16 sums it up nicely. “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Using our physical bodies as the image, each part is unique and has a specific purpose and function. Each by themselves is of little or no use; however, “fitly joined together” and each functioning properly, the body operates smoothly.
Each of us, believers, specifically for this purpose, is unique, no doubt about that; but we each must function in unity with each other to carry out the purpose for which God joined us together: to worship Him and tell others about Him. We are created unique so that we can fit together not so that we stand out on our own. To God be the glory!