“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” - Jeremiah 1:5
God made us to be who we are. Recently, I saw on Facebook a quote that said, “Maybe the journey isn’t so much
about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you
were meant to be in the first place.” I have spent far too many years trying to be like everyone else. This is not only impossible, it is also unbiblical! In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul points out that as Christians we form a body, the Church, which is made up of different parts. Like in a body, different parts do different things, which means we’re good at some things but not other things. That mix is unique to each person.
God appointed Jeremiah as a prophet to the nations. As Christians, we all have been similarly appointed to make disciples of all nations, (Matt 28:19), but how we do this differs from person to person. We don’t all necessarily have to go out onto the streets, it could be that we are called
to build a long-term relationship with our neighbours or colleagues, but whatever we do, we need to be ourselves.
God, thank you for making me and thank you for making me who I am. Holy Spirit, please guide me into discovering more and more who You meant me to be even before I was formed in the womb, so that I can live out as best as possible the purpose You have called me to. Amen.
Think about who you are and what you love doing and
think of a way you can combine that with reaching out to a non-Christian in your life. It could be baking for someone, or playing squash together, or putting the world to rights over a coffee, but do something that’s “you”!