Jesus: my tailor made savior

August 3, 2011

I’m Annie. I’m 20 years old and a college student. I sew patches on my jeans and make my own sundresses. My custom beverage at Starbucks is a grande light ice iced nonfat chai latte. I change the color scheme on my Gmail account because I’m not satisfied with the standard.

My generation craves options. We want to be unique, individual, people who matter, specific. We want to break the norm, bust the tradition. We are the “me’s.” It’s funny, a whole generation with the same attitude—wanting to be different. Ironic really, but that’s how it is.

So how can God—my God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever—the ONE, SINGLE, ONLY God we teach about at Global Media Outreach—ever appeal to a generation determined to be one-of-a-kind?

Yes, we do believe there’s only one God, only one way to live a life totally fulfilled, and only one way to salvation. He’s one size fits all. He’s Jesus. But that’s only the beginning…

God made everyone different (this is on purpose—just try finding two faces that match up perfectly) and He relates to us all differently. God is always and forever the same, but while consistent He’s also dynamic. It’s exciting, how He can surprise us in exclusive ways that speak directly to us as individuals. He fits us all perfectly, and each of us as tight as a glove. NOTHING is like Him. He’s the uniqueness we need.

Psalm 139:13-14 reads, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” God created us. He knows how to give us exactly what we need, how to relate completely to our uniqueness. What could be better?

I love being a part of this new generation of customizers. It’s exciting, it’s innovative—just like our God. He’s surprising and radical—He’ll shock you and revolutionize your expectations. If we let Him, He’ll shatter our norms, our boundaries, our traditions. He’ll make us different and indulge that uniqueness.

Jesus died for each of us individually. Remember that beautiful image of the Shepherd leaving the ninety-nine sheep to go after that one? Each one of us matters so much to Him. He sacrificed Himself and His needs for ours. The only thing any of us can do in return is devote our lives to Him.

It’s not about me anymore. God’s love is an individual gift that brings everyone together. Allow Him to use your uniqueness to draw others to Him. You can do this in so many ways: blogs, conversations, art projects, facebook statuses—take what’s unique about you and employ it!

So I’ll still sew those patches on my jeans. I’ll try to say things in ways nobody else does. I’ll paint crazy pictures on my apartment walls, and I’ll love it all. But I’ll use those special things about me to point to God’s glory.

~Annie Josey (SVSP Intern, 2011)


6 Responses to “Jesus: my tailor made savior”

  1. Alan Detweiler Says:

    Great post, sound just like my daughter, keep writing!!!!

  2. sharon Says:

    I love what you wrote…it is so well put…keep up the good work.

  3. Gloria P. Says:

    Thank you for sharing Annie. It sounds like you have found a really special yet profound truth, and that is how God is able to relate to each one of us on a personal and intimate way through Jesus Christ. You sound like a very creative young lady with unique gifts. I’m so happy that He revealed Himself to me 31yr. ago and opened my heart to hear His voice telling me in so many ways, “I love you my child just the way you are, and I have a new life for you that is so glorious that you will be able to see me in my beautiful creation and my wonderful children all around the world, and rejoice in that love and share it with others.” That has become a reality for me and I pray that it will for you also Annie.

  4. Sarge Says:

    The title led me to believe I would be reading an article about creating God in OUR image. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was way off with that assumption. I like the way that you described the generation and showed that the same God will still reach this generation. The “tailor made” isn’t so much in the Savior as it is in us. He tailor made us to carry out His will with our uniqueness that will appeal to some and not so much to others.

    Well Done.

    • gmosarah Says:

      Good to know you didn’t find this blog heretical! Isn’t God so creative to make us each different, and yet, we can bring people to know Him (and His unchanged nature)? And He has different people play different roles in his plan. It’s amazing to see God work!

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