Being Who I Was Created to Be
We each have our personal narratives, our personal story that’s filled with our lived experiences…
…This is what makes us each unique. As each of us are different, we are also one under God.
When I made that decision to follow Jesus, I gave up the ME…and all the Me that was created by the “isms”, structures, framework and models of this world died with me as I gave my life for Christ.
This is a hard idea to grasp, as the world today focuses on “ME”, my individual voice, my cultural and ethnic identity, my race, my social group, and my economic group (the list is endless). When I think about it, the world has created many different categories for me to exist in. I call this systematic identification.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said
If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.
There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.
This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.
1 Timothy 2:5-6
How I ask…
How do I let God’s will in me play out? How do I let God lead me? So often I have asked myself how I know it is God’s will verse my own. How do I identify the difference? First, if I do not know the scripture and what God tells me though it, then I cannot discern. I know now having walked with God, sometimes closely, and at other times far behind what is his will, and what is mine. The Holy Spirit working within me guides me and always bring me back to His fold. Just as I know when I have fallen into the traps of this world, of power play, of sinful thoughts, of the ways of the flesh…there is a gut awareness. I know!
The challenge is whether I listen to God or not. God always has a way to nudge me and get me back on the right track. It can be through a life lesson, or through another person. Sometimes its’ painful, at other times I can laugh.
Often it is only in after thought that I can recount the many ways the Hand of God has been working to guide me through others, through the Bible, and though my inner sense of right and wrong. There are times when I am sensitive to His voice, and there are times when I am downright rebellious. He never forsakes me. For this I am grateful.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5