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Monday, December 29, 2014

Accepting Myself; Flaws and All

In review of Romans 9:20 it says, “My friend, I ask, ‘Who do you think you are to question God? Does the clay have the right to ask the potter why he shaped it the way he did?’”

Bottom Line:
Who do you think you are to question God? Does the thing being made have the right to ask the maker why he shaped it the way he did?

What this means to me:
Who am I to question God and how he created me. I have no right to ask him why he had made me the way he has.

Spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, experiences; these are the five things that make me, me. These are called my SHAPE. Accepting my SHAPE; or the unique way that God made me that brings glory to him, means that I need to believe that God knows what’s best. It all comes down to the matter of trust. Do I think that God made a mistake when he made me, or will I trust him, knowing that he has a plan for my life? And furthermore, will I believe it?

When I say, “God, there are things I don’t like about myself. I wish I had different hair or a different color of skin. I wish I were taller, shorter, skinnier. I wish I had more talent. I wish I could do ‘that.’ I wish I looked like him. I wish I had her smarts” and on and on. This kind of thinking is basically telling God, “He blew it! Everybody else is OK. But you goofed up big when you made me.”

When I reject myself, in essence I’m rejecting God, because he’s my creator. When I don’t accept myself, it’s rebellion against God. I’m saying, “God, I know better than you. You should have made me different, with a different set of strengths and a different set of weaknesses.”

But God is saying, “No, that He made me exactly, He wants me to be me, with my strengths and my weaknesses. Both my strengths and weaknesses can give Him glory. I just need to start doing what He made me to do instead of trying to be like everybody else.”

In reality, it’s actually quite arrogant to reject myself. The Bible says in Romans 9:20, “My friend, I ask, ‘Who do you think you are to question God? Does the clay have the right to ask the potter why he shaped it the way he did?’” (CEV)

Whenever I doubt God’s love and wisdom, I will always get into trouble. A key root behind all of my problems is that I don’t trust God. I don’t believe God really loves me. I don’t believe that he really has my best interest at heart. I wish he had made me something different. As a result, there’s a spirit of bitterness that keeps me frustrated and keeps me from being the man God meant for me to be.

Job 10:10 says, “You guided my conception and formed me in the womb” (NLT). God wanted you, and he loves you. Believe it, and then trust it!

Today I will consider things about myself that I've wanted to change and how God might have intended use that very trait to bring glory to him.

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