This blog post is about us giving ourselves permission to be US...just as God created us! Let's face it, this can be challenging for us as Christians because lessons of humility have been ingrained in us -- and in many cases rightly so. Therefore, when God calls us out of our comfort zone and up from amongst the ordinary, humdrum, and mundane, we are challenged with this new idea of walking in the light of who we were created to be. Here's a little fact about light: It illuminates the darkness and accentuates the light that already exists. Therein lies the struggle. If we give ourselves permission to be US, just as God created us, we automatically SHINE! This goes against our previously taught lessons on humility -- Doesn't it? Contrary. When we let our light so shine before men, they WILL see our good works and glorify our father which is in heaven. However, this light that we are talking about is the light of Christ and not our self-professed, self-confident, self-centered light. God wants His light that is within us to shine. Even the most confident individuals struggle with questions such as: Will people think I am too full of myself if I walk in my calling? Will I still be accepted by my peers? Am I good enough to be called and/or used of God? We ask ourselves: what if my light shines too brightly?
Let's look at it this way. We know that we are born in sin (Psalms 51:5) However, when we accept Christ, we are made new. New creatures. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." When we become new, we get that "light." As we continue to draw nigh to Christ our light shines brighter. We begin to take on the character of Christ and His image is illuminated in us. Christ and the world begins to see manifested evidence of who we were before He created us--the image of us that he pictured when we were conceived in the mind of Christ. This makes the father proud. Finally, we are walking, talking, maneuvering, and gesturing like the father. Even further, we have special features/traits of the father that he did not gift anyone else with. You are the only one who can write the way you write, sing the way you sing, dance the way you dance, minister the way you minister, etc... Therefore, it is important for you to be you. Christ had YOU in mind when He created YOU not someone else! Be you!
"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts,God!
How vast is the sum of them!" Psalms 139:13-17
Be you baby! There is only one you....and this world needs the gift that you carry :-)