We are meant to be; being ourselves in the true and best version and in a God-honoring way. We have become a copying society; we copy other people’s way of talking, way of walking, way of dressing, and way of life. Most of us want to be like ‘others’; those that seem to have a better life, those that seem to talk better, dress better; those that seem to have a more interesting and perfect life. We want to be like ‘them’. It always seems enticing, the grass seems greener with other people. That makes us become discontent with who we are.
It is hard to be ourselves and live God-honoring lives when we are busy trying to be other people.
God created us unique; we are equal but different. Our lives cannot and will never be the same. Each of us is so different and with different gifts. Our personalities are different, our outlook on life is different, and our perspectives are different. We are on the journey of life but our paths will always be as different as there are many of us. Why then do we feel the pressure to conform? The pressure to be like others?
Being ourselves does not mean we are prideful, it does not mean we look down on others, neither does it mean we are superior. It means we know who we are, it means we know where we came from, and it means we know where we are going. It means we live a purposeful life, fully acknowledging God in every area of our lives.
We were not meant to be born, grow up, grow old, and then die. No. Each of us was placed on earth for a time and a purpose. A purposeful life is the most fulfilling life. We have to follow the path that pleases God and serve the Lord diligently. What does a man gain by living a long life with no purpose and outside the will of God? Even after decades we will always feel unfilled if we do not place Jesus Christ at the center of our lives.
A life with no purpose makes us look for all sorts of ways to fill up those voids within us that are only meant to be filled by God. We were not created to just accumulate wealth. What’s the use of wealth if inside we are empty? Everything else loses meaning if God is not in it. Purpose to live for God.
God is the only one who gives meaning to life.
We are to love one another. In everything we do we should consider each other. We should not put others down in an effort to make ourselves look great; we do not treat others as lesser than, we do not trample on others on our way up. We love each other, and we treat others with dignity and respect. We should not pretend to be people we are not. We should not pretend to know it all. We are to live authentic lives.
With God’s help, we look inside to clean up anything within us that does not please God. We ask God to help us to know who we really are and why we are here on earth. When we lead fake lives, we mislead others. There are those looking at us and if we are not careful, we will lead others astray.
We should not become jealous or envious of others. We are to praise God when other people are blessed. We pray for others for God to lift them up, we pray for others to find the way in life, that is, Jesus Christ. We do not go shutting doors of opportunities to block others from entering. We realize we cannot block God’s blessings on other people’s lives and neither can other people block the blessings God has in store for us.
We are not meant to hate each other, destroy each other, or stab each other on the back. The Bible tells us to live in peace with everyone.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord’ Romans 12:17-20.
It is hard to do good when someone has hurt us. Yet, that is God’s Law; we are to do good and treat others with love. It requires us walking in the Spirit; the flesh is weak. We are to crucify the flesh, and we are to spend time in God’s presence studying His Word so that we can hear His voice concerning our lives. We cannot hear Him when our lives are busy, chaotic, with no space for spending time in God’s presence. How can we hear God when we are out there shouting at each other? When we are full of pride? When we are self-obsessed? When we are busy trying to please each other?
We have to be intentional about studying the Word of God and spending time in prayer. God will show us the right path to follow if we ask Him to.
Being authentic and fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ helps us become grounded. We stand with the truth. We do not fall into the traps of the enemy. Our lives become blessed.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor seateth in the seat of the scornful. Psalm 1:1.
We are to make a stand; we are either of God or not, we should never be lukewarm.
When we do start following God’s way, when we decide to do good, when we make the decision to follow Christ, we should not be surprised to meet opposition. There are those who will be with us as long as we do and say what they want. The moment we make a stand and follow what is right and true, they may start attacking us or even walk away.
Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 1 Peter 4:4.
When we are right with God and we are treating everyone around us with love, then other things lose meaning.
Am i saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am i trying to please people? If i were still trying to please people, i would not be Christ’s servant. Galatians 1:10.
Following Christ means we die to self, take up the cross, and follow Him.
There will be those who will always talk behind our back, and there are those who will try to weigh us down, but when we are led by the Holy Spirit, we know we are secure.
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