Have you ever acted like someone else in order to fit into their social group? You’re not alone in this. But… God wants you to be who he created you to be, and not what others expect you to be.
Matthew 5:13-14 (NIV) Jesus says,
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
Many times people tried to get Jesus to become an earthly king, but that wasn’t his calling. His calling was far from what people wanted him to become and even what his family wanted him to become.
Jesus was called to suffer a temporary shame so that we may share in his eternal glory. Think about that for a moment…
As a follower of Jesus, there will be times when you face extreme pressure, scrutiny, slander, temptation, and people who want to hurt you because the devil in them is jealous of you. But don’t give in to the pressure to return evil for evil or hate for hate. Only love can defeat hate. Jesus says we are the salt, the difference makers, the preservers of culture. Don’t lose your love, because that love is your salt. Love conquers all. Love God, love others, and love who God created you to be.
Let that sink in…
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Think about that for a moment…
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.
Take a deep breath, release it…with that we’re letting go of all the ungodly expectations people have for us.
Take another deep breath, release it. With this, we are taking on our godly identity, and letting go of the world’s empty identity.
Open your hands…with this you forgive your enemies as God has forgiven you. Lift up your hands….with this you lift up to give yourself to God, and receive who he has called you to be.