Who Am I? Pt. 2

Friday, March 9, 2012

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

A lot of people think they know who you are, and they are not shy about telling you who you are. Your friends, your parents, TV, they all think they know who you are. But who do you believe? Who do you trust? Some people know a small, shallow facet of you. People want to define us based on a lot of things, based upon your appearance, age, skills, clothes, where you are from. It is easy to start living up to those expectations. When people say that you won’t ever end up amounting to anything, it is easy to stop trying to succeed. Everybody wants to tell you who you are, and the truth is, we all want to know who we are. We want to know what group we fit in, and what defines us.
Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, they are plans for good, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

If you want to know the purpose of something, you need to go to the maker of that product. You don’t go to one of the people that uses it, no matter how well they know it; you go straight to the maker. So often we talk to other creation to find out who we are, when really we need to go ask the creator for that information. God created them as well, and they don’t know any more than you do. The problem is that the world is screaming at us from every aspect of our lives, and it’s so easy to get trapped in that. Sometimes it’s even a good message, but it’s incomplete. The world is just as confused as you are about what it is, and what others are supposed to be. No one has it figured out, everyone is just trying to figure out what works.

When you make something, you make it for a purpose. When God created you, he created you with a purpose. The way that you are, are the way that God created you, to fulfill a specific destiny. He has given you all the capabilities, and talents that you need to fit the role that God has given you. It’s easy to classify people by their appearance, and that they are supposed to look a certain way, but we all.

To find out who you really are, you have to quiet the sound of the world around you.

Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Don’t let the TV you listen to, the music you listen to, the friends you have in school make you the person that you are. Let God be the one that shapes who you are, he wants to show you your true purpose. God wants to free you from the labels that society has put into place, and he wants to free you from the judgments that have been passed upon you. The pattern of this world is counterfeit.. People put labels on you, but they aren’t real, and there are no real purpose behind them. Even if it’s real, it is a shallow reality.

If you let God transform your life, and let him show you what his will is for you. You will live a fulfilling life, and you will be able to discover his perfect purpose. This doesn’t mean that your life will be without trials, God doesn’t promise that life will be easy for you. He promises that he has plans to prosper you. You don’t have to be someone else to do what God wants you to do. The purpose of something determines its nature, its features. They are built to do what they are meant to do. God built you with a purpose, and the thing that you are called to do is the thing that you will be happiest doing. God made you into a perfect match for your purpose.

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Unknown said...

Really good message and an awesome series! Something we all need to hear (not only 12-24). Keep it up!

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