Weekly Insight: Free to Be

Sometimes I prefer to quote familiar verses in the King James Version.

As in, What is man that thou art mindful of him? (Ps. 8:4 KJV)

There’s a poetic ring to the KJV, don’t you think? Perhaps it’s my nostalgia, but I love it. “Man” refers to mankind or people. When I read this verse I don’t feel excluded. I recognize I’m part of a much larger whole.

But the verse asks an important question. Perhaps one that we all struggle with from time to time. I’ve come to believe it’s a sign of spiritual growth. God always does new things in His people. When He does, we have to adjust. We have to figure out what He’s saying. That includes asking important questions.

I didn’t know God personally as a girl or as a young woman, but I often wondered who I was. At times I desperately struggled to find meaning within a larger context. “Who am I?” I would ask. “What am I here for?”

As a Christian I’ve been more apt to ask questions within the context of vision or ministry. I couldn’t count the times I’ve cried out during a time of confusion, “God, what do you want me to do?”

Fact is, I’m experiencing some thorny issues right now. This morning I asked God again if He was really calling me to this venture called blogging.

He reminded me of all the times He’s let me know He’s more interested in my inner responses than in my activities. And I remembered something I heard once: we’re human beings—not human doings.

Yes, He has called me into specific areas of ministry at times. Maybe He’s even calling me to blogging at this time. But if I get caught up in writing or doing whatever it takes to be a blogger–and if I lose sight of being or lose sight of whom I am, any activity becomes meaningless. And any ability to receive a download or His anointing will dissipate.

Because doing doesn’t cut it.

I suspect—no, I know—the question of being somebody in Christ never loses its significance.

But strangely, I’ve also learned I won’t find the answer in myself—although that enters in.

I find the answer when I hear God’s voice and when I turn to Him. And I become myself only through receiving Him.

Galatians 2:20 (NLT) tells me, My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

This isn’t a one-time experience. Receiving Him is an ongoing process.

The old self we read about in Galatians is the part of doing and being that I don’t especially care for. The selfish part, the angry part, the wounded part, the fearful part. The part that cannot be trusted.

When I or anyone releases the yukky stuff to Jesus and let Him take it to the cross, then I’m—then we’re—free to be ourselves. We receive the life of Christ and He releases us to be what He created us to be. We’re even free to exercise dominion within our sphere of influence. (See the rest of Psalm 8)

Furthermore, Jesus never puts us down or overwhelms us. Other people, even other Christians, might try. But not Jesus.

So give yourself freedom to ask God who you are.

You might not hear His answer immediately. It might take time to recognize His voice. But ask God through His son Jesus.

And rest assured, He’s thinking about you and about me and about all mankind.

Because He’s mindful.


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