See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is.And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure. 1 John 3:1-3
“Who does God want me to be?”
This question is easily the most asked question among all Christ followers, and probably some who do not follow Him. I feel as though this is the question we all want an answer to. Why wouldn’t we want the answer? If we can figure out who God wants us to be we can easily start making decisions to speed up the process and get ahead of life.
I believe even the spiritual powerhouses we read about in the Bible had the same question. I can imagine David, Paul, Peter, Matthew, Moses, Abraham, Rahab, and other people from the Bible trying to flesh out the answer to who God desires them to be. In case you do not know, God does not keep secrets from us, but He does not always give us the answer as soon as we want it.
I can speak firsthand of this. My default when I think of who God wants me to be is usually wrapped up in my occupation. For me personally I feel as though God is calling me to pastor, therefore I feel as though this is who God wants me to be. When I base the answer to this question off my occupation I end up frustrated due to the fact I am not a pastor, and as far as I know pretty far from it! I am bouncing around in jobs which barely pay the bills and I get frustrated because I feel as though I am not becoming who God wants me to be as a pastor.
I hope I am not alone in this whirlwind of feelings. We pride ourselves on how we are viewed, and we pride ourselves in who we become. We spend our lives working endlessly just for the chance to become either who God wants us to be, or who we want ourselves to be. But what if God has given us an answer to who He wants us to become? What if there is just one-person God wants us to be, and from that one place allow the rest of our life to be lived?
I am tempted to put in Pastor Mike Ashcraft’s most famous line, “I’ll tell you next week,” and just pray us out, but I will not give you a cliffhanger.
What if God wants us to just be His child?
The first time God pressed this on my heart I thought it was too easy. Then slowly but surely God began to expand on this way of life.
The greatest promise of simply being God’s child is we get to grow in intimacy with Him and we learn how to reflect Him. In order for people in the world to see God we should desire to reflect Him in our lives. It should make sense we can only reflect what we have seen and have come to know. The promise we have in this verse is the more we can see God, the more like Him we will become. As a child, I reflect my Father, I yearn for Him, and I desire to be as close to Him as possible.
When we view God as our Father we learn how to be a child. I try to remind myself as much as I can to be a child of God above all else. God has called us all to specific roles which are awesome. But we are not defined by our work, by our past, by our mistakes, by our successes nor anything else. The way we are defined comes strictly from God.
When we focus on being God’s child we are set free from the pressure of being someone we are not. God needs us to step into the gifts and talents He has given us in order to reach others. But God never designed us to be identified by our gifts and talents, He designed us to look like Him. When God formed us in His own image (Gen. 1:27) He gave us an imprint of His DNA. We are made to reflect Him to this world and we do this best when we simply live out life as His precious child who He loves and He is proud of.
What do you think about who God desires you to be? What pursuits have tried in order to figure this out?
What does it look like to simply live as His child? What steps do you need to take to view God as Your Father, and what steps do you need to take to life as His child?
Father, I am grateful for You. I am incredibly undeserving to be a child of the Creator of all creation. I pray You shape my heart to see my need and desire for You as my Father. I pray I would reflect You to a world who needs to see You as their Father. I love You and pray in Your holy name, Amen.
PC3 writer Davy Nance wrote today’s devotional.