Monday, July 9, 2012

Identity Embrace: To Do, or To Be?

I had a stunning realization yesterday.
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While sitting at church and soaking in the Word of the Lord, it occurred to me that perhaps my heart was not nearly as pure as I thought it to be.  And by "my heart", I specifically mean my motivations.

The realization that perhaps I had been sidetracked as of late slapped me hard upside the head.  And I needed a good, hard, righteous slap.

Then our loving, gracious God gently spoke, "There is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus."  Amen to that.

Today, I want to focus on a stumbling block of the younger generation: the pressure of "doing" for God, rather than simply "being" for God.  My overarching question as of late has been, "God, what is your purpose for my gifts and abilities?  What do You want me to do with such-and-such gift?  What will I be doing in five years?"  After asking this question repeatedly this past week--even from a heart of sincerity--I have felt exhausted.  That just did not sit peacefully in my spirit.

I read a very clarifying, eye-opening article in Relevant Magazine last Friday ("God's Plan Isn't a Roadmap"), and it was the initial slap in the face.  I was missing the point.

So often, we ask the detailed questions, that prodding insight that humans have desired to know for generations--God's Will.  What is it?  What does it have us "doing" in our earthly lives?  Here is the truth that God revealed to me through the aforementioned means: God's will is about God, not us.

The Lord has created us in His likeness to be like Him, not just to "do" for Him.  Yes, good works, living a life worthy of the calling we have received is God's command and blessing.  But when "doing" replaces intentionally "being" more like Christ--I will venture to say that we have lost our focus.

Dwell on Psalm 17, written by David:
Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down;
with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
By your hand save me from such people, Lord,
from those of this world whose reward is in this life. 
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
may their children gorge themselves on it,
and may there be leftovers for their little ones. 
As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

God desires that, first and foremost, I am concerned about becoming more like Himself.  Sure, He will call our gifts into action, and He will use us--but He never intended "doing" to be our main concern.  May the cry of our hearts today be, "Lord, make us satisfied with Your likeness".  And let that be enough.  All else is an overflow, an outpouring, of dwelling in the likeness of our perfect Savior.

Ponder: Where is your reward right now?  In this life, or in becoming more like Christ?  What is your prayer today?  Comment below with thoughts.  

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