Be who God has made you to be

Do you ever feel like God has called you to do something awesome with your life, but you can’t figure out just what it is? So many opportunities, yet so much confusion as to which as to which one to pursue whole heartedly? I know for me I often worry about the future and what God has called me to do, instead of focusing on who God has made me, who I am today. 

Hebrews 5:5-6 says, “in the same way Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my son; today I have become your Father.” And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Jesus could have pursued a title that would have brought him credibility, from a worldly standard, but instead he listened to the calling His father gave him. And in fact, God did give him the title of a priest. A different sort of priest, though. Jesus simply lived out who God told him he was. You see, if we pursue an occupation to bring ourselves glory, we will not be fulfilled, but if we seek God’s guidance on where we can bring Him glory, then God will surely bless us. We must seek God fervently so that we are more and more able to distinguish His voice and His direction. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

Now, I am not saying not to defy the current standards of your occupation and pursue something radically differrent. But merely that God can and will use us to become someone radically different than is expected from the world. The world puts limits on what we can do, but as Christians we should never put limits on who God says we are, or for that matter, what we can do through Him. Whatever God tells you to be, He will give you the talents to pursue that, and expect you to further what He has given you.

What people expect of you, you do not always need to strive to be. When you feel self- glorification creep in, turn away and turn to God. For he surely has great plans for us, ones that we cannot understand. Ones that are deeper and far more complex than you could ever imagine. Be who God has made you to be. Don’t know? Ask him! He’ll slowly reveal his plan, his beautiful intentions with you. Be patient, be diligent. And when you hear a whisper from Him who you are, pursue that with all your heart. Some may not understand, but then again, did you receive a calling from man or a calling from God? Friend, you have God given potential. Whoever you are, be sure to seek God influence people through love and obedience. Life sure does seem like a mystery sometimes, but thank goodness God has all the pieces, and one by one, day by day, God will help us put the puzzle together.

God sees people’s expectations, and uses his humble and willing servants to stir the waters, to tip tables, to make a difference. He collapses the walls of expectation and build up a uniquely unexpected calling that defines your very being and an unexpected reality that you were created for so much more than the world expects. Where do you come in? Be who God has made you to be. He will tell you what all that encompasses.


John Piper on Self Promotion

Mathew 28: 19 says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” This is daunting task, one that is hugely important and necessary in spreading God’s kingdom. To have such an important role like this can easily get to our heads and cause us to lose sight of the goal. The goal of making disciples! For if someone’s first impression of us is simply a pretentious person with that is trying to glorify themselves through the underlying “Hey, just do as I do, be like me” attitude, progress is surely inevitable.

In the video above, preacher John Piper states that our goal in spreading the word is simply to share the Truth that we have been given. We cannot have any other objective than to spread God’s message. He then plants the question of whether or not it is OK for a Christian to want to be influential. What do you think? Piper says that if what is influencing people is the truth and the glory of God, then YES! Friends, it should be our goal to be the opposite of a self- promoter. What is that? A God promoter!

On Monday I talked about how we should not jump to conclusions with our identity, without asking God the question, “Who have you called me to be?” And while it’s true that God has designed us each so specifically and unique, there is something in common between every believer: the challenge, the obligation, to spread the Good News.

So, as God promoters we need to not only live as an example, but spread the gospel as well. Wherever God has called you in life, whoever He has called you to be, be influential. The world needs more Christians who are willing to speak up and walk among the flames. If you are bold in your faith and encounter oppression, surely God will protect you. Remember the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego?? They refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar and got thrown into a fiery furnace, but God protected them. Their boldness and devotion to God made them influential figures that promoted God’s power and love.

It’s not about us, it’s about God. That’s the mindset we must keep. God wants to use us to be an influential part in moving people’s focus from their own plans to God’s will.