Coming to terms with who you are can be a hard pill to swallow. The truth hurts, it can even be ugly, but it also sets you free. Freedom costs. It doesn’t matter which angle you view it from, there’s a price to pay, in order to be free. Nothing in life, is free. I can hear someone saying, “Jesus paid it all.” Guess what? That doesn’t mean we get to behave godless all of our lives, and expect a reward in Heaven. Again, freedom cost, and in the body of believers, our freedom costs us our life. Romans 6:6-7, 6:15, 6:23 “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin– because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”
“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!” “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Listen, our imperfections are no excuse for us to be comfortable in our mess. We know the Word of God, and as children of God we know when God speaks to us. John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Let me break that down, just in case you read it too fast. Jesus said, His sheep don’t just hear His voice, He knows them, they hear Him AND (key word) they follow Him. James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” We know when we can do better by God, ourselves and others, but the fact of the matter is, sometimes it’s easier to blame other people or even God, for where we fall short, than to look inside ourselves and face our truth. Neither change or growth will happen until we accept who we are right now. Not who we aspire to be, and not who we think we are. Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” The truth of the matter is, we know the areas that could use improvement in our lives. We know when we could exercise more patience. We know when we could be more understanding or compassionate. We know where we fall short, and recognizing that truth, hurts, because it lets us know, we’re not all that we may think we are, and we have work to do, but that’s okay. We’re all a work in progress and we won’t reach perfection until we reach Heaven, but that doesn’t mean we can’t press towards the mark. Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. It’s all about striving to be like Christ. Knowing who we are is humbling, and it keeps us in check. That awareness makes room for God to work on us, and through us. If we pretend that our shortcomings or things that have gone wrong in our lives are all a result of what someone else did, then there’s no room for correction, or God. We must come to terms with the fact that we are human, which means we’re imperfect. We must hold ourselves accountable for where we are in life, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We’ve all been through something, but that isn’t an excuse to live any kind of way. Each of our lives are each of our responsibilities. We must face our truth with a sincere heart and a sober mind. Healing can’t begin until we admit that there’s parts of us that are broken. We can’t run from who we are, we’ll just run into the same old problems. Why? Because we’re carrying the same old baggage. We can’t blame others for who we are, where we are in life, or we’ll never heal, and old ourselves accountable for our own life and success. John 8:31-32, “To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” We must honor God with our lives. The way in which we think and act, reflects the truth within us. What’s your truth? Do you love your truth? Could your truth use some improvement? Is your truth self serving, or is it governed by Jesus, who is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6)? When God shows you who you are, what do you see? Do you see Christ or do you see your feelings? Are you walking in the fruits of the Holy Spirit, or do you walk around with a chip on your shoulder, making everything about you? We must get over ourselves and be humble, having the mindset of Christ. Philippians 2:3, 2:5, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” True freedom which can only be found in Christ, will cost us our feelings and ultimately our lives. It’s all about overcoming ourselves so that we become our best selves in Christ.