While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 20 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day twelve with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to remember where you came from and to be genuine.
Called To Be Genuine
“Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.”
1 Corinthians 1:26 (NIV)
How many people know the real you? Are you sure? How do you feel when someone presents themselves to others as something they are not? Why? Are there things about your past, or present, that you try to keep secret? Why? How have those things been a part of you becoming who you are today? How does remembering where you’ve come from help you see how God has worked in your life? Who has been an example to you as one who is genuine? In what way? Who needs to see the real you?
Regardless of our background, there are usually things from our past that we would just as soon pretend never happened. Growth is intended to bring us to a place that is often different from where we began. For many who have reached the place of life they desire, there is a great temptation to act as if we’ve always been where we are. When done with wisdom and discretion, being genuine about who we were before Christ gives us great opportunity to share about the transformation He has done in our life. Our struggles not only help us to grow, when we are genuine they become examples for others.
As you pray about being genuine, ask God to help you remember the what and where of who you were before you responded to His call. Pray that you would allow God to use the real you to show His power to the people around you. Pray that God would reveal, and deal with, any areas of pretense that you have harbored in your life. Pray for the discretion needed for you to be genuine in ways that are helpful to others. Pray with thanksgiving for a God who is genuine.