Where do you live? What is your personality type? What hobbies do you have? – All of these (and more) are important components to who you are. Why is that important? It is important to know who you are, because God knows who you are. It is important to also know who He says you are and what He wants you to do.
I once saw a movie where the boss of the main character said she needed to “dress for the job she wanted” instead of the job she had. She went completely sideways with it and ended up turning into someone she didn’t even know or like.
I love to see characters in books and movies who knew who they were and used that regardless of what everyone else said… teenage David facing off against Goliath the giant, hot-headed Peter preaching the house down to 3000 Jews on the day of Pentecost, a mere hobbit like Frodo Baggins risking his life to bring peace and harmony to Middle Earth, Happy Gilmore not changing anything about himself and still winning the golf tournament to save his grandmother’s home.
Another great story of transformation can be found in Disney’s ’Wreck-it Ralph’. He didn’t like who he was, so he tried to change and messed up a lot of stuff in the process. Then he decides that he needed to be who he was, when he did he changed as did those around him.
One of the best things about the Gospel is that you don’t have to clean yourself up to come to God – you come as you are and He does the work. The same is true about being used by God – He lets you know how He wants to use you and gives you on-the-job training.
Here are a few simple steps:
- Know who you are (the good, bad and everything in between).
- Own it.
- Give it to God and
- He will not only use it, He will perfect it.
Don’t believe me? Read this: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31