Here’s a question for you. Do we become who Our Daddy God designed us to be with the passing of time? (Emphasis on the word “time.”) Is it sufficient to say that if you live into the fullness of your “gray crowning glory” years, then you’ll become fully who God created you to become? Do we become who our Heavenly Father designed us to be by default with the inclusion of time? Do you believe that with each passing year of life, we will naturally become who Abba Father designed us to become? (These are all the same questions y’all…lol)
I found myself pondering this question that was downloaded into my spirit as I was washing dishes. I came to the conclusion that my answer is “No.” If that was the case, and “time” was indeed the factor that catapulted us into the fullness of our God-given design, then there wouldn’t be any old fools. Excuse me… there wouldn’t be any elderly people who are foolish. However, we all know that isn’t the case. Almost everyone knows someone who is older than them, who has been around the same block a few too many times. If time cured the reversal in our development, why then are these more aged saints the exception? (I say that with all due respect y’all. I respect my elders, however, these are questions that require answers..lol) I mean let’s face the facts. We see people who get older all the time and they don’t change for the better. (Insert sad face emoji.)
This is my thought. Our Heavenly Father gave us the gift of choice. “Choice” is laced throughout the Bible in a way that compels us as humans to take responsibility for our lives to the degree we select “someone” or “something” to submit our lives.
In Deuteronomy 30:19 God says, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,”
So there’s this element of “choice” that gives us the freedom to become who Our Daddy God designed us to become or to reject His will for our life completely. I understand that it is more of a partnering, a co-laboring with Him if you will.
1 Corinthinans 3:9 says, “For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” That means we have to actively and intentionally play our part in agreeing to allow Him to have full reign in our lives, molding us into the very design He mapped out when He created us. Believe the hype: King Jesus IS the ultimate gentleman. He is NOT going to force His will on you.
If you’re one of those who’s just trusting that you’ll naturally become who God designed you to be….I’d say give it some more thought.
For those of you who are ready, let’s dig in! How do we become who God designed us to become??? I’ve learned that anything left to itself will tend toward chaos. So what now? Here are a few of my suggestions & what I’ve learned through my life’s experiences.
1. Make the decision that you are choosing Jesus to be the Lord of your life. Talk to Him and give your life to Him. Tell Him you accept Him as your Lord and Savior and are committed to living your life submitted to ONLY Him. All it takes is you giving your “yes.”
2. Intentionally set aside quiet time with Him each day. You can’t become who He designed you to be if you don’t spend time with Him so He can share with you who you are as His child. Taking the time to learn your God-given identity is EVERYTHING. I pretty much start every day off with quiet time because I need to know who I am and who He is so I’ll know how to navigate in this world. If I haven’t spent time with Him, when I start behaving contrary to who He said I am, I won’t know that I need to reject this new behavior I think is ok.
3. Put in the work. When He corrects you by His Word, you need to change your thoughts, words, and actions. When you know better, you should do better. If you gossip about someone and then you read in the Word where He is telling you to use the power in your tongue to speak life……come on now…you need to change.
4. Lean into what He is exposing you to daily. I’ve found that our Father gives us glimpses of what is possible. You have to be receptive to what He shows you, even if you never thought about yourself in that way or no one in your family has ever done something close to what He’s showing you. Be open. God directed exposure can come from sermons, books, podcasts, and even people who are more mature in their faith walk.
5. Be courageous! You must chew fear up and spit it out because it will come to taunt you. The enemy doesn’t want you to become who Our Father has designed you to be. That wouldn’t help satan’s evil plan at all. Focus on the measure of faith Our Father has given you, and walk on water chiiilllee! King Jesus will present you with some really miraculous ideas! Have faith and trust that if He said it, He’ll do it! The world will tell you who it’s ok to become. It takes a lot of courage to reject the world’s validation and become your true and authentic self. Don’t shrink who God made you to be because other people are uncomfortable with you.