If you were to try and imagine a stranger, someone that you had never met, you would not be able to do it. Too many unknown variables. Sounds strange right.
The person that God is calling you to be is someone that you have never met. Thus you have no frame of reference for imagining this person.
When you meet someone for the first time, more than likely, you put your best foot forward because you expect an amicable meeting. As you do not know the person, you are unable to judge them on an unknown past. It is a clean slate. You cannot form opinions based on who they are now or what they may have done in the past because you do not know.
For the new person that God wants us to become, we must also do just that. We tend to let past experiences or current actions taint the image of a future self. This results in the attitude of “Nope. Not me. I can’t do that.” or “Are you sure?”
Paul wrote that we are to forget the past and be drawn forward by the new future (Phil 3:13 -14); that higher calling. Christ says that in Him we are a NEW creation (2 Cor 5:17): recently made, fresh, recent, unused, unworn, of a new kind, unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of. (ALL WOW and ALL YOU!!!)
Let discovery of the new with God be an adventure. You CAN be what He wants you to be and do what He asks of you.
This new person is unveiled over time. It’s not like going from inside to outside. One minute here and the next, there. It is a journey. It may not happen as quickly as you might like. There will be struggles and tests and victories and the peace of God to over shadow it all.
Our cooperation is a determining factor in the length of the journey.
You may have heard the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, or have a strong sense from the Word or have been given a prophetic word regarding the plans that God has for you.
You may even have set out on this journey all bright eyed and bushy tailed only to face falls, failures, disappointments, and you have to believe that God still loves you and wants the best for you.
The thing is, God has already seen that new person. He knows what they look like. He sees the strength that has been built and the faith that has been cultivated and the gifts that have been discovered. He also sees where the chains were broken and where deliverance came and where burdens fell away.
So He is not calling you to an uncertain future. He is certain that you will be that person as long as you put your trust in and walk with Him. No matter how much like a fantasy it seems.
Remember, stop trying to picture this new person and giving definitions of what they are to resemble. You have NO frame of reference. You have no idea what God will do and how he will lovingly form and shape you, once you are in His hands.
Jump in!!! Feet first!!! You know He will catch you!!! Or fly with you. Or keep you afloat.
Ok God, so what now? Where do we go? What do we do next?
He is calling you forward but in all things be sure to count the cost. God wants all of you.
So be excited; not scared.
Don’t imagine all the ways things could go wrong cause you are not God. There is no way that you could possibly know that.
I recently learned this saying: Stop borrowing trouble; which basically means stop worrying about something that you have no idea how it will turn out.
We can be quick with our ‘what ifs’. Just trust Him and be lead.
You are not your past. Your definition comes from your future. God’s future for you. His purpose for you.
Don’t doubt Him. God knows the plans He has for you – Jer 29:11
Don’t let the fear of failing stop you from moving. You may fall 7 times – Prov 24:16, Psa 37:23-24
Don’t think you know it all. No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him – Isa 64:4; 1 Cor 2:9
Don’t set limits. He is able to do far more abundantly beyond what we ask or think – Eph 3:20, Isa 55:8-9
Don’t try to do it in your own strength. Humble yourself under His mighty hand and in due time He will lift you up – 1 Pet 5:6-7
My prayer for all of us, is that we believe the infallible Word of God. The Word that speaks of who we are to God and who God has called us to be in Him. That we know that He cannot lie and that if He says something about us, then it is so. That we know that His Words are meant to comfort and not condemn, to lift us up and not pull us down; to cause us to see the truth and to desire His truth in our lives. That I know and that you know, undoubtedly, unashamedly, that He loves us beyond all measure and will reach out to us and draw us to Him. Let God – not this world, ourselves, other people – define us.
By Marisse Cropper