Monday, January 22, 2007

Colossians 3:12
12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Something that really gets on my nerves (and I admit I have done it) is when we look around at the people that God is using in more obvious, out-front ways and we think that we need to BE that person. Sort of the Christian American Idol version if you will. Anyway, what if we just all focused on Christ and learned from other heroes in the faith without trying to BE those people. God chose each one of us... None of our lives or life experiences will ever match each others fully. We may have a lot in common but we are not the same! What if we surrendered our past sins, hurts, achievements, losses and anything else to the Lord and allowed Him to take our lives and use them for His purpose and glory...not just who we think we need to be? I wonder how much time we have spent comparing ourselves to others and not fixing our eyes on Jesus through His word. I wonder how many people miss their calling by trying to be "great" or seek position? I wonder how many people think their life doesn't matter unless they are traveling the world, speaking to the masses, have a tv program or lots of book signings? What if we found contentment in Christ and serving Him where we are at instead of trying to be famous? Let's leave FAMOUS to Jesus...because when we seek position, and seek fame...we set ourselves up for a fall. I have been to so many Living Proof Live events (Beth Moore) and I hear more people say that they want to BE her. She will be the first to tell you that she never signed up or sought out what she is doing. God has used her in so many ways...but I don't think she sought position...she seeks to serve others and lead them to the well that doesn't run dry. Yes we should admire that and want to lead others to Jesus. We should be like Paul and follow him as he followed Christ...
I am not dismissing godly influence or leadership. We are certainly told to go and make disciples...but let's just be grateful to God for what He has done in our life and seek to minister to others and comfort others with the same comfort that we have received...and quit trying to be everyone else. God has purpose for your life and mine. Oh if only we would get our eyes on Him and not what He canmerely give to us.

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