I want to just share a few things about me that you may not have known.
- I am highly proficient in both Hebrew and Greek.
- My junior year of High school I was the state champ in intermediate hurdles.
- I enjoy helping Barb pull weeds.
- Thankfully, I no longer struggle with spiritual “dry spells.”
Now, this is an extreme example of poor self-understanding and would probably be more accurately defined as delusional. Far more often we are just tempted to portray and even believe at times that we are more effective in areas of life than we really are. Or we just live lives filled with pretense and false fronts. We also choose not to listen to objective voices that could be very beneficial.
It is vitally important that we know ourselves accurately. This will help us in virtually all areas of life. We will operate from reality and therefore we will know truth. There are things that I am not very good at and I won’t bother creating a big list. Some things I would like to improve upon and others I couldn’t care less. At work, home and in the Church we are called to be who God made us to be – not more or less. Along with this is to challenge and encourage others to be who God truly made them to be.
We are so often tempted to want to be someone we are not and to listen to voices that are attempting to force us into a mold that is not God’s design for us. God’s Word clearly communicates to us who we are based on Creation, humanity’s fall into sin and the work of Jesus Christ on our behalf.
- We are created in the image of God with intrinsic great value.
- We are sinners saved by God’s grace.
- We are redeemed and “recreated” through Jesus and the Holy Spirit who lives within us.
- We are each unique and God is continually shaping us to be His child.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.