BY CHERYL MOSES
I read something the other day that got me pondering my life over the past few years. It is drastically different. I am different. Without a doubt, I can honestly say that I am more me today than I have ever been.
What happened? What took place to create such a change? How did I get here?
There are so many answers to those questions, but today I want to encourage you in your own journey of becoming more like you. First and foremost, shake off everyone else’s ideas of who you should be.
I believe my journey started there. The Lord gave me a jump start by removing some obstacles which I later came to realize held me back. I had taken a back seat to my own life for the sake of pleasing others. Wow. I hate that I did that, but I didn’t know I was doing it until He removed those obstacles.
I’m currently teaching a series I wrote for our Tuesday morning Ladies Bible Study. It’s called, Destined. We started off setting the stage in week one by talking about why our own personal stories are significant in God’s big story. And here is why.
Our individual callings are important in God’s big story because we are all called to advance the Kingdom of God.
Look at these two verses because week after week I’ve referred back to them in our study.
Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. Matthew 11:12
To “lay hold of” in the Greek means to catch or to carry off. So when we are actively engaging in our calling and living life through the gifts and the call the Lord has given to each of us, we are being carriers of the Kingdom of God. We’ve “caught” what it really means to bring the Kingdom to earth by our very act of obedience to the call within us. Just sit with that for a moment and let it sink in.
I think that’s why Paul said in Ephesians 4:1,
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” Ephesians 4:1
Your part matters. What you have to offer, what you bring to the table, the gifts God has placed within you and how you use them matter greatly to the Father. That’s why he says there to live a life worthy of your calling.
You are not insignificant. Your value and worth does not come from what you do or from what others believe about you. It comes from the One who dwells within you who has called you worthy to carry out His call and destiny which He has set aside just for you.
I don’t know if you can tell but this stirs me up! I want us to see how significant we are to the Creator of the universe. I lived for so long under the shadow of what others thought I should be and the labels placed upon me, that when I broke free from those lies, there was no stuffing me back into someone else’s ideals.
I love who I am and I am beautiful mess! No doubt about it! I make mistake after mistake every day. I don’t have it all figured out and I would never claim to. I am humbled by how much I have yet to learn and just how far I have to go, but I rejoice in my flaws for it is in my frailty that I am loved and cherished by a God who knows my name. Guess what? He knows yours, too. So go ahead. Be all you, whatever that looks like. He loves who you are!
Cheryl Moses is the Secretary and Ladies’ Ministry Leader at Calvary Community Church, in Houston, Texas. You can read more from Cheryl on her blog The Heart Speaks.