“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5 (NKJV)

Who were you before the world told you that you weren't? Before someone told you that you were too short, too tall, too old or too young? Perhaps you've been told you don't have the right qualities or the right pedigree to achieve a certain goal or aspiration.

We live in a world that is consumed with pointing out our imperfections and flaws. Rather than seeing our flaws and imperfections as things that make us unique creations of God, we see them as disqualifiers that prevent us from being the people He created us to be. We wallow in our inadequacies rather than fulfill the purpose God had in mind when He made us.

In the first chapter of Jeremiah, God tells Jeremiah that before he was formed in the womb God knew him. God knew Jeremiah’s every flaw, every physical characteristic, every idiosyncrasy. Not only did God know him, He loved him and created him for a unique purpose on the earth: a purpose that was meant to be a blessing to nations.

God knew Jeremiah, and He knows you. Every part of you is unique. You can never be disqualified from being used to fulfill the purpose He had in mind when He created you. You are intimately known and infinitely loved!

Lord, thank You for knowing me and loving me. Help me to see myself the way You see me. Thank You for creating me to do something on the earth that glorifies You and is a blessing to Your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Do you know your purpose? If so, ask God to help you pursue it. If not, ask God to show you what you what He has created you to do!



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