Today’s main thoughts came from my Wednesday’s devotion time. I thought the reading for the day was interesting, because I had been asked this question a couple of weeks ago:
“How would you describe yourself?”
Basically, what kind of person are you? What are your strengths, gifts, talents, weaknesses? Who are you?
How does one answer that question? If I speak glowingly of myself, I am proud or haughty. I also know every little weakness I have, every sinful thought I have ever thought, yet that is not who I am by God’s grace. That also was not the thrust of the question.
So I shared a few, general characteristics of who I am. What God has done in my life to shape me into the type of person I am today. Then in Wednesday’s devotional, I read this:
Do you really know who you are? Scientists agree that our desperate search leads all humans to seek heroes and to imitate others, to ‘paste bits and pieces of other people on ourselves.’ . . . Part of this process is natural, for we learn by imitating others. The tragedy is that the person we assemble is not genuine. “Who am I?” you cry as you roam the world looking for yourself. Consider this: there are three of you. There is the person you think you are. There is the person others think you are. There is the person God knows you are and can be through Christ.
I love the last 3 sentences:
- There is the person you think you are.
- There is the person others think you are.
- There is the person God knows you are and can be through Christ.
We have never arrived. We will never become the person that we always should be. God knows what type of person we should be, and He can help us be that person. Yet it is a process to always be growing and to be conformed more like Him — into His image.
This is such a comfort and source of strength for me. I cannot be the mom that I need to be — on my own. I cannot be a good wife — on my own. I cannot teach the way I should — on my own. I cannot be a good pastor’s wife — on my own. Yet God knows what He wants me to be and what He wants me to do, and He can enable me to be that person. Even if I think I cannot do it.
I know I do compare sometimes. “That pastor’s wife has it all together.” “She is such a great mommy.” “What a great wife she is.” And they might be all put together and wonderful. Sometimes we need those positive examples to be a rebuke to the way that we are living or to show us how we can be used. BUT — we are not them. God has put us where we need to be and will use us there and will enable us to do the job that He has given us to do. He did not put someone else there — He put us there for a purpose. So let God use you there. He knows you are there. He knows what you can do and what you can be with His help.
We have the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit that will give us the power and strength to be the people that God knows we can be:
- 6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
- 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:27
- Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20
- And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: 2 Corinthians 9:8
- I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13
How would I describe myself?
A normal lady who wants to be used by God. I have no big gifts or talents, yet I have Christ living inside of me. He can enable me to do what He wants me to do, and I can share His love with those around me.
How would you describe yourself?
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