Be Yourself

Be Yourself

Well, it’s another Sunday morning. “The bricks have fallen, but we will build with dressed stones; the sycamores have been cut down, but we will put cedars in their place.” Isaiah 9:10 (ESV)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said in one of the greatest speeches ever given this: “I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be engulfed, every hill shall be exalted and every mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together. This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to climb up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”

God wants us all to be ourselves.  God wants us to love and treat one another with respect. God didn’t make us all look alike for a reason, it wasn’t so we could tell who was a better level of person than the other, because that simply isn’t the case. It was so we would learn to forget about differences and see each other with the same love and compassion as He does. That is what a follower of Christ should do. See, God doesn’t want you to “act” like you think a believer should be acting like. He wants you to be a believer. Love one another, period. There can be no “but” or exceptions in our love for one another. There can be no expiration time on how long we should love one another either. God wants us to bring to the table what we can offer, and that is our individuality. We read this in 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV), “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’”   

Dr. King said, “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you, my friends, we have the difficulties of today and tomorrow. I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.”

If you still look at a person and see them on the outside and not look at their heart, you are missing a lot of great people and are probably have some friends that are really deep down creeps. We can read this truth in Galatians 3:28 (ESV) where it tells us this, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  Also in Genesis 1:27 (ESV) where it says this, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Do you see what I am saying? Just because you have more than someone else does, it doesn’t mean you are better than them. Life was simply better to you. You worked hard and came out better, that doesn’t mean the person that doesn’t have what you have didn’t work hard, too. Regardless of the reason you have what you have, it makes you no better or worse than the person that has nothing or everything. In God’s eyes our judgement will be swift, equal, and fair for all. Just because you have a lot here doesn’t mean anything when we get home with our Father. We are all equal there, as we should be here.

Here is the thing, be yourself always, if yourself is suit and tie so be it, but if yourself is Tee shirts and blue jeans, so be that also. Don’t let what others do affect you, if they are judging you for appearance and not heart, well, God will deal with that. In this day and age we must love and respect one another and put on the blinders that allow only our hearts to be seen and not everything else. Here is another fact, God truly loves each and every one of you and so do I.

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