Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
With over six billion people in the world, it’s easy to feel overshadowed. We step into the world to find people who look like us, dress like us, talk like us, and even act like us. It’s so easy to feel like we drown in the sea of people.
When we try to be unique in the world on our own, we find ourselves shaped by public opinion. We want to be unique, yet we want to fit in. No one wants to be unique in a negative way. So we look at fashion trends and popular culture, and spend time figuring out how to be different in a popular way. The problem is, we’re still relying on pre-approved worldly notions of what uniqueness is. It is only when we turn to Christ and live according to His standards, when we let Him define who we are, that we find our unique identities.
When we seek our identities in Christ, we realize our uniqueness comes from the different gifts and missions we have been given. As 1 Corinthians 12 points out, we cannot say one person is more valuable than another, as we are all parts of the body and we need each body part. We are each uniquely put here with our own sphere of influence, our own mission from God, and our own special gifts. No one can replace us, for God has chosen us specifically for His perfect will. And just as we cannot walk without the cooperation of the legs and brain, we also cannot move forward in our mission without cooperation from the rest of the body of believers.
As we use our unique gifts in the world, we should remember that it’s not about what we want to do. It’s not about where we want to go or how we want to get there. We need to let God guide our steps so that we are living according to His master plan. If we live in His will, we can be sure that we are heading in the right direction. We do not need to see the end, just far enough to know where to step next. “And never a moment too soon, You show me that there’s a way. And with each step I take, You will make the next one become clear.”
God’s master plan never ceases to amaze me. For we are one body, yet individual parts. We are unified and one, yet still distinct and many. He gives us a group so we can watch out for each other yet allows each of us our own role. We have unique experiences, personalities, and interests. From the outside, it looks like one being, one body, but when we take a closer look, we can see the parts that make it beautiful–the fingers, the toes, the eyes, the strands of hair.
Only when we lose ourselves, allowing God to take over and make us who we are in Him, can we be who He created us to be. It’s in this irony, this seemingly contradictory act, that we establish our faith in Him and allow Him to make us unique.
Chasen Callahan explains, “God has put us and made us, shaped us and formed us in his image. We’re not just one in a million; we are something special to God.” While you’re not just another number in the crowd, you are uniquely you. And in that way you really are, irreplaceably, one in a million.
Offer your input: What makes you unique?
To hear more of what Chasen has to say about the song, watch the video below. Also,check out the song & album on iTuneshere and scroll down for the lyrics. Thanks for reading!
What am I waiting for
Standing still when I should be moving
In front of an open door
I forgot what I thought I was proving
Lay down these thoughts that I take up again and again
I’m holding on now
Even though my world
Is upside down
Break the chains of my doubt
And set me free
Cause I know as I stand right here to you I’m not
Just one in a million
I don’t know what to do
At least that’s what I keep on saying
And never a moment too soon
You show me that there’s a way
And with each step I take, you will make the next one become clear
I know I don’t have to stay right here
Cause wherever I go I know you’re there
I’m super excited to share some new things with you today that we hope you’ll enjoy. Many of you have given us your feedback over the last couple weeks as a part of our 10 song sampler giveaway, and we’ve really loved getting to know you all better! One thing that I’ve been hearing from many of you is that you’re looking for affordable music for yourself and your family, and we want to do the best we can to provide that for you. We love giving away free stuff, as always, but since there are some limits to the amount of music we can give away we thought we’d do the next best thing- give you really great deals on music that you may not otherwise be able to buy. Over the next 2 months we’ve got some great album deals planned, and we’re kicking it all off this week with Chasen’s latest release “That Was Then, This Is Now!” It features their hit singles “On And On” and “Castaway” plus their newest track to hit radio airwaves “One In A Million.” You can preview the album and download a digital copy for just $5.00 this week at FreeCCM.com/Deals OR you can also get the physical CD with an autographed sticker for $7.99. We’ll have a new deal for you every week for the rest of the year- and of course a continued flow of free downloads.
If you just raised your hand at that question then that means you don’t like free music and you just might be in the wrong place…But, for everyone else out there, I’ve got the key to a treasure trove of songs and am getting ready to hand it over to you. I’ve been able to pull together 10 tracks from some great artists that we’re giving away to anyone who gives us their feedback about the site.
Here’s the deal: All you have to do is answer 12 easy questions, and they will lead you to the pot of gold.
[Survey Closed - Thanks To Everyone For Participating!]
WHY YOU ASK?
Well…we’ve been working away at a new and improved version of FreeCCM.com (yay!) with the intention of (hopefully) making it a better experience for you & a more enjoyable place to visit. (Not to mention, a little nicer to look at) In order to do that we want to get to know you better so we can have a clearer idea of what you guys like.
WHAT SONGS ARE ON IT? These:
1) Chasen – “Leave You Alone”
2) MercyMe – “Sanctified”
3) Addison Road – “Who I Am In You”
4) Fee – “Beauty Of The Cross” from The Catalyst Music Project
5) Building 429 – “Coming Home”
6) Phillips, Craig & Dean – “Let God Be God”
7) 33Miles – “Something Different”
8) Laura Story – “Make Something Beautiful”
9) Jeremy Horn – “Embrace The Cross”
10) Stellar Kart – “It’s Not Over”
It’s been fun reading through the responses we’ve gotten so far- maybe you’ll have just as much fun listening to the songs
Can I be honest? It’s hot. Really hot. Too hot. And, I am so very thankful that our office is like an icebox. It used to bother me, but not anymore.
I traveled this past weekend to the Twin Cities to see my little sister graduate high school. In my mind, I always think of her as 8 years old… so it was a little bittersweet to see her walk across the stage. OK… enough with the sentimental moment… I really wanted to tell you guys a funny story.
When my flight landed in Minneapolis, I went to the baggage claim to find my suitcase. My flight and a flight from Atlanta shared the same baggage claim area. I have to be honest… I was getting a little frantic because I couldn’t find my suitcase. (I always fear losing my luggage). After a minute or two of watching the belt circle around, I look across the room and who do I see? My buddies CHASEN. What a small world!! They were in town to play a couple of shows… and for the record, they had WAY more luggage that I did My bag finally appeared – it was buried under a HUGE ARMY bag and the Chasen boys and I went our separate ways BUT NOT before getting you guys some signed Chasen stickers and a few albums.
That’s right! You could win an autographed Chasen sticker and their latest album – That Was Then, This Is Now. (It’s really a good album. You NEED to win it.)
All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me about your funniest airport experience. Then, we’ll pick 10 winners and ship you your prizes!
Did I also mention that we’ll give you a couple hours worth of music to load onto it? That’s right. You heard me correctly. You could be the winner of an iPod touch – a brand new, shiny one, at that. And – if for some reason you don’t win that, you will still have a chance to win the latest albums from Chasen, Stellar Kart, Catalyst, Phil Wickham, Fee, Sara Groves, Jonny Diaz, Derek Webb, Phillips, Craig & Dean AND (deep breath) MERCYME’s BRAND-SPANKIN’ NEW The Generous Mr. Lovewell. All of them – at one time. Excited? We are.
Here’s how you win – it’s super simple: Sign up for our newsletter HERE. Yep – that’s all you have to do. If you are already signed up, then you are already entered. How awesome is that??
We may be a little biased, BUT have to say that the best kind of newsletters are the ones that tell us about free music, cool prizes and contain funny interviews and videos. They’re the ones that shine brightly in our inbox and instantly turn our frowns upside down. Ok, that was really bad. Way too cheesy. ANYWAY – Sign up and maybe you’ll be our latest winner! Click here for full contest rules and prize details.