I think one of the hardest things to be most times is YOURSELF. And that is weird, and possibly troubling, because being yourself should be the easiest thing to be. I mean, like how hard can it be to be me, hmm? But it is hard; and it is made hard because there are so many, too many, people, rules, thoughts, religious doctrines, fashion-forward ideas, parental and societal obligations, telling you who you ought to be.
This morning, during our family prayer and whilst studying The Word For Today, we came across this teaching from Bob Gass and I thought to share it as it reminds you and me that there is only one person we can be, and God wants you being: Yourself.
Hope you will be blessed by this message.
“So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.” John 8:36 (Amplified Version)
We live in a world of peer pressure. Others set the standard and we wear it, drive it, quote it or do it. In some cases that’s okay, but not when it comes to your life’s direction. Jesus said, “If the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free” (John 8:36 AMP). That means you’re free from the pressures others try to put on you; free to be the person God called you to be; free to look to him for answers instead of always looking to other people. The Bible says, “A man can receive nothing… unless it has been granted to him from Heaven” (John 3:27 AMP).
When you scratch the surface, you discover that deep down many of us struggle with insecurity. We’re competitive, always comparing ourselves to others. We’re envious of their possessions, abilities, and accomplishments. We find ourselves trying to keep up with certain people, or be just like them. And as a result we get frustrated because we’re operating outside of what God called us to be. In other words, we’re not being ourselves!
Understand this: The Christian life is a race, and you must run on your own track. You’ll never enjoy the fullness of God’s blessing until you commit to being the person he created you to be. So look in the mirror today and announce, ‘I am what I am. I can’t be anything other than what God has called me to be. So I’m going to concentrate on being the best me I can be — and celebrate every moment of it.’
Culled From The Word For Today by Bob Gass.