Posted by: SandreS | December 22, 2009

Being Who You Are

I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

We are God’s wonderful creation; but we are frequently imitators of others. We, often unconsciously, pattern our lives after those whom we admire, or those who are close to us. We adopt their likes and dislikes, their habits, their viewpoints, even their routines.

This is not necessarily a bad thing for you. Those in your life are there for a reason – God uses them, both positively and negatively, as part of His molding of your life. Positively, He uses aspects of someone’s life to awaken your heart to something lacking in your own, and then He steadily develops it in you. Negatively, He uses something in the life of another to move your heart away from a certain trait, character or lifestyle – to purge something out of your life.

You are also in the lives of others as God’s influencing agent in them as well. He uses this divine placement of our lives reciprocally. Like stones in a rock tumbler; the stones actually being used as a part of the polishing process – mutually to each other in the midst of agitating circumstances, until a smooth, beautiful stone appears from an otherwise ruff and ordinary rock.

Conversely, maybe you have allowed others to overstep this mutual influence, and to actually attempt to live your life for you – or at least parts of it. In your relationship with them you have not been free to follow your own heart; thus creating apprehension, tension, anxiety, stress and heartache. Maybe your desire for “peace” and “harmony” with certain people close to you; your dread of the potential “drama” and “displeasure” that they can create; or even your fear of losing their “friendship” and “love,” or your desire to be “accepted” or “approved” by them has caused you to give way to them and to lose yourself in the process.

You must never forget that you are not only God’s handiwork by your own entrance into the first creation (your birth), but you are even more so His masterpiece-in-progress through His new creation (“in Christ”). God intends His crafting of you to be a unique expression of Himself, even in the smallest and seemingly insignificant matters of life. There is no detail of His creation that is too small for care and concern.

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows (Matthew 10:29-31).

Refuse to allow anyone but God to be God in your life. Decline the attempts of others to live their lives in you – this is God’s place alone. Resist the outside pressure to conform.

God does not need two of the exact same person. Even seemingly “identical” twins are not exact mirror images of each other in every way. You are designed to be a unique manifestation of some wonderful aspect of God. Some of this may presently be in the “rough,” but He continues His steady, faithful work in you, at His Own pace as it pleases Him. God’s plan of redemption includes “rescuing” who you really are – your unique personality – from the original creation; of “cutting” and “polishing” His “diamond in the rough” until it radiates His glorious reflection, which is all His work and timing.

You are unique. You have a unique purpose. You uniquely belong to Him. Honor Him by being who you are.

For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living (Romans 14:7-9).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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