On Becoming Yourself
Have you ever wondered why everyone's so fascinated with stars? Movie stars, rock stars, pop stars, country stars, every kind of star. Partly because they look so good and we all like to look at people who look good. We also like to look at them without their makeup and say, well, they don't really look any better than me without their makeup, and that sells magazines.
I've been thinking lately that another reason we're so fascinated with stars is because they at least appear to have found what it is that they do best and are doing it, and maybe we can't yet say that about ourselves. So we envy them and we look up to them. We like to read about how they got where they are. We want to know how they made it so we can emulate them.
As believers, we have someone else to emulate, namely Jesus Christ, and He has given us His Holy Spirit and His Word to help us do that. God gave us examples to follow in the Bible. Many of us may want to follow Him by having a powerful ministry with signs and wonders. But this is not the primary emphasis in Scripture.
Jesus Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow His steps, Paul said in I Peter 2:21. Suffering wrongfully, then, is part of what Christ has called us to. I am suggesting that most of us will more likely experience this in our daily life rather than being one that will raise the dead or see people getting up out of wheelchairs.
We live in a culture of stars and entertainment and we all gravitate toward the glamorous, the spectacular, the extraordinary. We like to read the famous people's books and hear them speak and talk about what they said. But the Bible doesn't teach us to do that. We do that on our own. The Bible teaches us that the Holy Spirit is our teacher, that He is with us all the time and that He has a plan for our life.
What About Our Dreams?
I confess to you that I have dreams of accomplishing certain goals, and I am working toward those goals. And I confess to you that the Lord has to remind me regularly to keep my priorities in the right order, namely seek Him for Himself, not just for what He wants me to do. Yes, He wants us to do things. I believe that.
Paul wrote to the Ephesians (2:10) that God prepared good works for us beforehand that we should walk in them. We all need to find out what those works are and do them. Perhaps that is where the enemy likes to hit us the most. If he can keep us from doing what God has called us to do, then he has gained ground against us. He can rob us of eternal rewards and earthly blessings.
God has gifted us all uniquely and individually. I can't tell you how to be you any more than you can tell me how to be me. But we all have a stewardship of gifts and talents to use for the glory of the kingdom of God. So may we all be about our Father's business, seeking Him first and all His righteousness (Matthew 6:33) and redeeming the time for the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).
This article will also appear in the Fellowship of Global Christian Job Seekers newsletter for May, 2014.