Accept Who You Are

But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?
— Romans 9:20

The answer of course is no! There are five things that shape us; Spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, experiences. These five things that make you, you. These things make our shape.

A great problem in many Christian lives is they are not accepting their SHAPE. I am talking about the unique way that God made you that brings glory to him. Christians have to realize and believe that God knows best. It all comes down to the matter of trust. Do you believe that God made a mistake when he made you? Or do you trust him, knowing that he has a plan for your life? Do you believe it?

You may look in the mirror and say something like, “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, and 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. When you think like that you are basically telling God that He blew it! You're telling Him, "Everyone else is OK. But you sure blew it big time when you made me."

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There are Christians sitting around doing nothing because they have rejected themselves. Listen to what I am about to tell you. If you reject yourself, you are in essence rejecting God because He is the one who created you, He is your creator! When you don’t accept yourself, it’s rebellion against God. You’re 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 says, “No, I made you exactly to be you because I want you to be you with your strengths and your weaknesses. Both of them can give me glory if you’ll just start doing what I made you to do instead of trying to be like everybody else.”

The question is, does the clay have the right to ask the potter why he shaped it the way he did? NO! So stop looking at others and trying to be like them. Be YOU and let your Spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality, experiences shape you to be the person God wants YOU to be. Martha loved the Lord and had a great heart and gift of hospitality. She received a mild rebuke from the Lord one day because she took her eyes off of what she was doing for the Lord and put them on what Mary was doing for the Lord. Be YOU, what God made YOU to be!

Never doubt Gods love for you. Whenever we doubt God’s love and wisdom, we always get into trouble. The root behind all of your problems is that you don’t trust God. You don’t believe God really loves you. You don’t believe that he really has your best interest at heart. You wish he had made you something different. That kind of thinking will cause a spirit of bitterness and will keep you frustrated and that will keep you from being all the man/woman God meant for you to be.

The potter makes his clay vessels. They are different sizes, different colors and have different functions. One may preach, one may teach, one may serve, one may encourage, one may help, one may visit the downhearted, one may be a caretaker, one may give, one may organize, etc, etc, etc.! Not one of them are greater than the other. You may be a great caretaker or helper but don't expect everyone else to be you. I never expected everyone in the church to be the pastor. The body would sure look funny if every part looked and functioned as an eye! Learn to accept yourself, flaws and all! Be YOU! God Bless!!