“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, ESV)
God has wired everything to be what it is. It cannot be anything else. A design is a design.
A sunset doesn’t have to be told to be awe inspiring. It simply is. A puppy doesn’t have to be commanded to be cute. She exudes it. Whether it be sun or rain, they don’t have to be compelled to bring comfort and life. They are imbued with life-giving potential!
You are who you are. You are the product of a divine purpose. You’ve been given the boundaries of a divine story. You cannot escape it. In fact, your peace depends on your purpose flowing from the depths of the personal story God wired into you from creation. But unlike a sunset, you can choose to embrace your divine purpose or reject it.
I love this thought: you and I are a thread in the unfolding tapestry of God’s universal story. You can’t be anything other than what He has called you to be. Reinventing yourself does not exist with God. There is only freedom or bondage. To be truly free is to accept the color and placement of your life’s thread. Jesus said, “…if you abide in my Word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) I believe He was speaking of something more than moral truth; Jesus was speaking of the revelatory power of His Words to restore your true identity.
Today, I want to shout it out. Don’t make Satan’s job easier for him (John 10:10)! Let go of the need to promote or defend yourself. Jesus already took care of that at the cross. The only thing stealing the glory of your life in God’s master plan is our need to convince others of it. It’s an easy trap. We all want to be accepted so that we might increase. But the reality is quite the opposite – to promote an identity that shifts other’s perception detracts you from living the life God ordained for you.
Dear child of God, live free! If I have been taught anything in this last week, you only have today. Pursue your joys. Develop your talents. Work hard. And at the end of the day…give away more than you receive.