Ugly Duckling

March 7, 2012

Jeremiah 31:3
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Ugly Duckling

Most of us remember the story of the ugly duckling that was such a misfit.  He didn’t fit in with the other ducks.  He didn’t look like them and act like them.  He grew up being made fun of, rejected, the object of ridicule, scorn and mistreatment.  Do you think that duckling had an identity crisis?  Do you think he ever thought why couldn’t I just be like all the other ducks in the pond?  Why do I have to be so different?
Some of us have grown up and lived with that same kind of complex.  We may have a bit of an identity crisis.  We don’t seem to fit in and be accepted like everyone else.  The important thing we must always remember, especially when we get so down on ourselves, is who we really are.  Our identity and importance isn’t to be judged by our peers or other people.  Our value and importance is determined by the One who created and made us; the one who formed us in the womb and numbered our days before the foundation of the world.
Like the ugly duckling, we may be awkward and ugly in the eyes of the world, but we are not of the world.  Just as the ugly duckling wasn’t really a duckling at all, but a swan that when it came into maturity was more beautiful and graceful than any of the other fowl in the pond.  Your beauty, your worth, your value and your identity are intrinsically intertwined with who you are in Christ.
Isaiah 51:16 says, “And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou [art] my people.”   God is raising us up not to be approved by the world, but to be approved by Him.  We are His Zion and His people created for good works.  For many, Jesus was the ugly duckling of His day.  Isaiah 53:3 prophesies of Jesus, “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”  Maybe that is how you feel.  Don’t allow those of feelings of failure and rejection overtake you, for God loves you and He created you as you are for a reason, His reason and His purpose.  Find out and know who you are in Him for that is your quest in life.
1 Peter 2:6-10 says, “For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 7Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,” 8and, “A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  We are a peculiar people, who once were no people, but now we are the people of God, chosen out and set aside for His purpose and His glory.  Don’t be ashamed of who you are, regardless of how the world treats you.  In God’s eyes you are not the ugly duckling, you are the beautiful swan, graceful in motion and regal in beauty.  You are the way that you are because it is His life and His nature that resides within you.  No longer shrink in shame and disgrace, but be humbly confident in the authority of who you are.  You are His priest and king.


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