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YOU ARE SPECIAL

1 TIMOTHY 4:10

“For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.

I love the way the last phrase of this verse is translated from the Greek – “especially of believers.” Do you understand what that is saying? God is the Savior of all mankind, but He sees us as special because we have responded to His invitation. Once we decide to follow Jesus, we move into a special class of people on this earth. We become part of His family, and He particularly cares for us.

Is there someone special in your life? Is there someone you “especially” like to spend time with? Why? Because you are close to them? Because they like to spend time with you? What makes them special? We all have those special people whom just draw us in. That’s how we are to God. We are especially special!

APPLICATION

I am willing to bet that your little Elrod or Gertrude have a special toy. They especially care for it. They play with it for hours. They drag it everyone they go. The next time you see them with this special toy, read them this verse and explain how special we are in God’s eyes once we accept Jesus as Savior.

Now, God loves all mankind. Your children need to know that. He sent His Son to die for ALL. But once someone yields their heart to Jesus, God sees us differently. If your child is a believer let them know just how special they are to God. To Him, they are especially special. They are to Him like that toy is to them. He wants to be with us all the time.

Do you realize how special you are to God? He desires to be with you. He desires for you to want to be with Him all the time. Do you? Do you desire that level of intimacy with the Father? He is especially fond of you. Why don’t you return the feeling?

O God, I am especially fond of You. I desire to be in Your presence all the time. Help me to make You my number one priority in all things.

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