Let that sink in
Yesterday was my birthday (Happy Birthday to me) and I wanted to say something on social media about being awesome. I mean – about ME being awesome. I know, right? Who do I think I am?
I could not come up with the right words to sound humbled by the fact that although I am a sinner saved by grace – I am awesome. I knew if I posted how awesome I am some people would not get it. But the truth is – I am awesome – in HIM! I am not awesome by myself. By myself I am a total loser who would destroy my life in a second. But with God – I am awesome because He lives in me, and I am NOTHING without Him.
I am a fighter with Him.
I am courageous with Him.
I can DO ALL things with Him.
Why is it so hard for us to admit we are awesome with God?
Why is that so hard?
Again with the Pity-Party
Why are we perfectly content wallowing in self-pity, feeling sorry for ourselves – sort of what I touched on in yesterday’s post?
One of my birthday gifts was a brand-new book. I love to read. We stopped at the bookstore. At the checkout line I subconsciously glanced at a People magazine cover with an actress who had the same headline I have seen thousands of times; “How drinking and drugs and abuse almost ruined my career and how I am staying strong for my daughter.” I don’t want to sound insensitive. This actress is a human being whom God loves and He wants her to live her life for Him. But I have seen that same headline for years. It occurred to me how I haven’t read People magazine in nearly 20 years but when I did read People magazine before becoming a Christian – it was the same headline – 20 years ago – with totally different actresses! So again — why is it so hard for us to say we are awesome? Probably because we are bombarded with these types of headlines all the time. It’s almost cool to be in situations like that. It’s almost cool to not think highly of yourself. It’s almost cool to ruin your life so you can grace a magazine cover one day.
John 1:12 -13 says: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
The Message commentary on this verse says, “But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed, and would do what he said, He made them to be their true selves, their child of God selves.”
When Jesus Christ becomes Lord of our lives everything about us changes. We change from the inside out. Our attitudes and desires change. We are in the family of God. Isn’t that awesome! We can say we are awesome because we are new people in Christ.
Of course, I am in no way talking about arrogance. I am talking about being excited that you are a new person. You no longer think the same. You no longer act the same. You no longer feel the same. You handle situations differently. When people cut you off while driving you don’t start screaming at them (like they can hear you anyway), rather -you do nothing. You know your life is to honor God so everything about you changes for Him! That’s awesome!
When people hurt you, you call them on the phone and talk in a way that will bring honor to God instead of sending them a nasty email. That’s awesome!
When situations don’t go your way, you don’t jump to conclusions, you sit back and try to analyze everything, and you pray – to get wisdom from God. That’s awesome!
I don’t know about you – but I am happy I am no longer who I was. I don’t want to walk around afraid to think highly of myself. I am happy I am spiritually alive and that I was created in His perfect image. I want to be excited about this new life every day. Don’t you?
So, friend, put on a new demeanor today. If you are a child of God, you are humbled by His love. You are humbled by His care for you, but you are awesome – because He changed you and because He is awesome, and He lives in you!
John 1:12 -13 says: But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
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