Lesson (vol.46)

 

Be Yourself

 

The Apostle Paul wrote,"But by the grace of God I am what I am..." (1Cor 15;10), and that just about sumarizes it for all Christians. I am not God, that position is already taken. All I am is what I can be, myself. And that is all the Lord expects of me.

Too often we see Christians trying to be better at being worldly than the worldly people are. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we are to be better at being worldly, although it does say that we are not to be conformed to this world."And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Rom 12:2). This trying to be perfect at being worldly is nothing but a pride trip conjured up be those who don't want to "appear" to be this or that.

There is not a person alive who does not have weaknesses, right along with his/her talents, so this striving for earthly perfection is unrealistic for a Christian. Worldly people will strive for earthly perfection as that is all they have, the world, having rejected the spiritual values of Christ and His words. But this is not to be true of Christians who are supposed to have had a "renewing of their minds" which takes us away from worldly pursuits and in search of Godly values instead."Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also"(Matthew 6:19-21).

Some are confused about what they could possibly do for God, as they seem to be in a humble position, not possessing much or overly talented, but we must keep in mind that each person has something to offer, each person has been created with certain gifts and talents that can be used to somehow glorify the One would created them."A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men" (Pro 18:16).

When God called the prophet Jeremiah to His service, Jeremiah wasn't exactly the picture of confidence and strength, even though he was chosen of God for a difficult task. "Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD"(Jer 1:4-8).

This is repeated throughout Biblical history, men and women of God, who, although chosen for a task, did not have much in the way of qualilfications for the job, but did that stop the Lord from selecting them ? No ! On the contrary, it was actually because of these weaknesses that they were chosen, so that the glory could be of God and not of man." And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness"(2Cor 12:10).

A sign said,"A Christian is not perfect, he is forgiven", and that is very true. And this is the reason why we should keep in mind the parable of the just and unjust steward. To sumarize; there were two stewards, and one owed money to his "lord" and when he could not pay him he entreated his employer to be merciful and this later did just that and forgave the debt, but then that same steward went to another steward who owed him money and would not hear of mercy, but instead insisted that all debts should be repaid which left this poor man's family is deprivation. When the "lord" heard what had happened he was more than a little miffed and ordered that the first steward be punished severely because he did not return the mercy that was bestoyed upon him. (Matthew 18:23-35) All that to say that no matter how weak we are, that there is a place for us in God's "house", but He expects us to show kindness to others the same way kindness was shown to us.

When addressing the subject of living in the world and our place in it, we are admonished to not only not become worldly in our desires and quests, but also not to abuse the world either. It is there to cater to our necessities, such as food, clothing and housing, but never is it to become the focus of our lives to where we leave off our first love, Jesus. " And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away"(1Cor 7:31). And as stated above, we are to strive for treasure where moth and rust cannot corrupt, spiritual values - the souls of men - and to only involve ourselves with the affairs of this world to the end that it is there for our basic needs.

Nor are we here to further any other agenda than that of our heavenly Father's. Political agendas are for the politicians, who's job it is to govern worldly things and keep it running as long as the Lord still has need of it, but the day is quickly approaching where that is going to change; " For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way"(2Thes 2:7). And once he "is taken out of the way", it will be time for us to be restored to our prior estate with the Lord.

So, be yourself, there is no one else you can successfully be anyway. " For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's " (1Cor 6:20). And following the words of Christ, Who said, " I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work"(John 9:4).



May God bless you with His Love, Peace and Truth.

 

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