Recently, I attended a conference and these four words changed my life:
“Be who you are.”
Be who you are–not who you “should” be, not who others want you to be, but who you are at the soul level. Right Now. It’s tough to trust that call, to muster the guts to live it out. But today, I’m committed to try.
Today, courageous faith is . . . being me.
Courageous faith is trusting God’s plan, trusting His handprint for my personality, my soul, my oddities.
At times, I admit I’m embarrassed by a personality that labels me a misfit, ashamed when others see its neediness, resentful when it excludes me from social circles, when it doesn’t fit the flavor of the week. So I stuff the “unwelcome” parts of myself, stifle the Spirit, and conform.
And the enemy casts his net.
Do you ever get stumped by aspects of your personality that you don’t understand and can’t accept? We groan, “Why am I this way?” So, we try to tweak God’s design, to give it a nip and tuck, to make it socially acceptable, palatable for the masses, attractive to our peers . . .
But I’m worn out trying to suspend myself in a constant state of “acceptable.”
Sometimes I wonder what other world I would find if I let go?
Now, I’m not encouraging a flesh-fest. I won’t lead anyone to “let it all hang out,” or to be rude or obnoxious. I’m not trying to use “being me” as an excuse for sinful habits or lifestyles. And I’m not trying to “love myself” either.
God has simply looked me in the eye and called me to acknowledge His design for who I am. He has summoned me to emerge from my cocoon to move, breathe, to live in the knowledge that who I am right now–this minute–will somehow reveal Him and be used to strengthen His people.
But I am afraid.
Sometimes I feel like a Picasso, my features stirred across a canvas. And I wonder:
How much does our fear of being true to God’s design distort God’s image within us?
Have we sacrificed our unique identity; the myriad flavors, colors, and textures that reflect the multifaceted nature of an infinite God?
Do we bear a greater resemblance to each other than we do to Christ?
Friends, the enemy has cast a net at our feet! He has snared us with a lie, then twisted it deep into our gut. “No one would love you if they really knew you at the soul level.” It’s a lie that scrambles my insides because rejection has stared at me through the eyes of a friend–more than once. And I’ve despised myself.
I wonder if you have, too?
But self rejection is a trap. It’s a stronghold of the enemy, for we cannot despise who we are without despising the One who created us.
And God created us the way we are on purpose. Scripture says, ” . . . we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus . . . “¹ We are His workmanship, literally His “poem,” the overflow of His heart, composed to reflect His image and glory.
That means that every time I reject the soul I see in the mirror, I reject Him–His plan, His artistry, and effort of love.
What grief must pierce the heart of God when we reject his loving work at this fundamental level!
Now, I’m not going to say anymore about it, I’m not going to preach. I just want to invite you to join me at the foot of God’s throne so we can see ourselves as God sees us–and so we can behold our Creator,
as He is.
At the soul level.
You see, God’s heart beats in sync with our struggle. He knows all about rejection, for His family and friends bruised His heart, too. He who was rejected–at the deepest level, unto the farthest point–feels your pain and mine. And He’s calling us to be true to His design, to be who He created us to be.
So, don’t let the enemy’s lies entangle you another instant. Step out of his net.
Then go ahead, break free of that cocoon. Flex those wings! And be who you are––a custom creation of God!
What part of being “who you are” is most difficult for you?
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