- Religion and Philosophy
How to Be Who You Were Created to Be
As a Man Thinks in His Heart
Have you ever wished that you could just act or be a certain way, but when you look at yourself in the natural, you feel so far from your goal? If you're seeking God, the qualities that you wish to obtain could be a part of who He created you to be. It's not impossible, with God, to step into what God has called you to do or to be who God has called you to be. In fact, God's word says that we are "fully equipped to do every good work which God has prepared for us in Christ Jesus." You have everything that you will ever need to accomplish God's will on the inside of you.
God put that picture on the inside of each of us that can serve as motivation for becoming all that we were meant to be. However, we need to depend on God to draw us closer to that image and to change our perspective of ourselves. Otherwise, even a Godly goal can have us discouraged. For instance, when we "lean unto our own understanding," we look at where we are in the natural, feel like we've come short of where God "needs" us to be, and become frustrated that we're not bearing any fruit. First of all, we don't "need" to be at a certain point in our lives to where God will finally love us or even use us. He loves us just as we are and He loved us before we even were. All He is looking for is a willing heart to just show up in His presence.
Where You Are and Where You Could Be
God is an understanding and compassionate God. He loves you right where you are at, He sees the potential that He put in you when He created you, an He loves you far too much to leave you in the place where you are currently at. One story that represents each of these facets of God can be found in the story of Gideon.
When the angel of the Lord met Gideon, he was hiding in a winepress threshing wheat in order to hide from the oppression of the Midianites. This is one confused and frightened man. And yet God's first response to Him was, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior." In other versions of the bible Gideon is called a "mighty man o valor." Valor means "great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle." From a natural point of view, it seems as though God is just trying to make Gideon feel better. It's like when you mess up and your friend is standing there saying, "It's not so bad. Things will get better." All the while, they have this weak smile plastered across their face and they're really thinking, "No, you really messed up. I have no idea how you're going to get out of this." That isn't the case with God in this story though. God would never speak life over a person while thinking in His mind that they are truly hopeless. If He attributes a characteristic to a person, it's because He's certain that quality is within that person. God really does believe in each one of us. He's never predicting our failure but the fact that He's constantly speaking to us shows that He is ever hopeful that we'll make the right choice and that we'll choose to be led by Him.
A Redirected Focus
When God first met with Gideon, he began the conversation with, "The Lord is with thee...." A simple statement such as that can redirect your thoughts so that your mind is stayed upon God and not upon your own abilities. Next, God called him a "mighty man of valor." As I mentioned before, God isn't just trying to make Gideon feel better. He saw the truth within Gideon and He called that truth into existence. We have even more ability now that the Holy Spirit is living on the inside of us (John 14:12). We have all truth living on the inside of us. Because God commanded us to "call things that be not as though they were," we have the chance to examine what needs to be corrected in the flesh, receive that we have the answer in the spirit, and then speak it into existence (Romans 4:17). Although we live in a fleshly body that contains weaknesses, we can rejoice because "...Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day" (2 Corinthians 4:16). It's what God has placed on the inside of us that needs to be drawn out, it's not something from the outside that we are seeking to get into our spirit.
It took a while before Gideon confidently walked in the strength that God told him he had. But God patiently took the time to help Gideon renew his mind to show Gideon that God was truly God, and to reveal to Gideon that what he needed was inside of him the entire time. God created Gideon and the rest of us fully equipped to do what He's called us to do (2 Timothy 3:17).