FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE Dave Mattingly www.davemattingly.net I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
Let All Creation Rejoice • Concert • Recent • Evident • Amazing • Temporary • Eager Well, what are you waiting for? I don’t know… Something amazing, I guess. All creation awaits in eager expectation for the children of God to reveal themselves. (Romans 8:19)
HAHA! SO WE MEET AGAIN! HAHA! SO WE MEET AGAIN! When you look at yourself in the mirror, what about yourself stands out the most? Opening Question I always wanted to be somebody. I should have been more specific. (Lily Tomlin)
Individuality Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you. (Dr. Seuss)
Individuality Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Luke 12:7) Insist on yourself; never imitate. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Individuality For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. (Psalm 139:13) Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Always be Batman.
Individuality A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows. (Doug Larson)
Meaning “Bring to me all the people who are mine, whom I made for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isa 43:7) “Bring to me all the people who are mine, whom I made for my glory, whom I formed and made.” (Isa 43:7) Pain heals, glory lasts forever. (Keanu Reeves, The Replacements)
Meaning “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) The best plan is to have a plan. (Fred Jones, Scooby Doo)
Meaning You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit. (John 15:16) We choose these things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. (John F Kennedy)
Meaning Teacher: We were put here to help others. Student: Why were the others put here? (Karl Hurley)
Authority We only have a few rules around here, but we really enforce them. God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them. (Gen 1:27)
Authority You made mankind rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet. (Psalm 8:6) Campers: Nature’s way of feeding mosquitoes.
Authority God said, “…Fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish… and the birds… and every living creature.” (Genesis 1:28) Q: What did the snail say when it was on the turtle’s back? A: Whee!
Authority Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 18:18) Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
Authority Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for those people who will inherit salvation. (Heb 1:14) Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? (1 Cor 6:3) The devil is a better theologian than any of us, and is a devil still. (A. W. Tozer)
Authority With great power comes great responsibility. With number six comes egg roll.
Glory What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? (Rev. Robert Schuller)
Glory God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them... Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good. (Gen 1:27, 31) Your own personal Jesus. Someone who hears your prayers, someone who cares. (Depeche Mode)
Glory Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family. (Eph 1:4, 5) When you’re here, you’re family. (Olive Garden)
Glory When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. (1 Peter 5:4)
Eternity There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold. (Led Zeppelin)
Eternity loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God so (John 3:16) John 3:16 was a meme before the internet.
Eternity We are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own. (Phil 3:20-21) Beloved, I urge you to live as strangers and aliens. (1 Peter 2:11)
Eternity The Present is the point at which time touches eternity. (The Screwtape Letters)
When others look at you, what does your “spiritual mirror” reflect? Halftime Question If vampires can’t see themselves in a mirror, why is their hair always so nice?
IMAGE • Individuality • Meaning • Authority • Glory • Eternity I’ll never see myself in the mirror with my eyes closed. (They Might Be Giants)
Grateful Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe. (Heb 12:28) Surely this man was the son of God. (John Wayne)
Open As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” (2 Cor 9:9) It is better to be good and kind than it is to not. (Steve Martin, The Grandmother Song)
Daring Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here. (2 Cor 5:17) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power. (2 Tim 1:7)
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made • Grateful • Open • Daring • Individuality • Meaning • Authority • Glory • Eternity If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. (Psa 139:8)
Closing Question Who do you reflect when there is no mirror? When there no one is looking? Character is what you are in the dark. (D.L. Moody)
Dave Mattingly • email@example.com • www.davemattingly.net • @dave_mattingly Seek, and ye shall find. (Matt 7:7)