Have You Forgotten Who You Are?

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Rom. 8:28

Did you know that if you catch a small shark and confine it, it would remain a size proportionate to the aquarium? Sharks can be six-inches long yet fully matured! But if you turn them loose in the ocean, they grow to their normal length of many feet. This also happens to some Christians. I’ve seen some of the cutest little six-inch Christians who swim around in a little puddle. But if you put them into a larger arena—into the whole creation—only then can they become “great” for the Kingdom.

Too many times believers underestimate their purpose, limit their involvement, and shrink behind disappointment and discouragement. They forget God’s promises, His faithfulness, and simply who they are!

The truth is, we are God’s children: “I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.’” Psalm 2:7-8. Think about it. We are children of the King, but we sometimes act like we’re powerless, without promise.

We are also His servants: “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.” Deuteronomy 13:4. Mary, the mother of Jesus, had the right idea: “‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said.’ Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:38. It’s an honor to serve our great God.

We are His stewards. I don’t know about you, but the most important words I could ever hear from our God are the same ones Jesus gave to his disciples in a parable, “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” Matthew 25:21. Taking care of those things God has placed in our care is critical. We show appreciation to God for His blessings by being good stewards.

We are His soldiers: “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1-3 Let’s put on the armor of God (Eph. 6:10-17) and fight the good fight. If ever there was a time to stand up for our faith and values, it is now.

If you have been a “six-inch Christian”, bust out! Don’t be afraid to be bold in your faith. God has big plans for you. He created you for a great purpose. Be curious about all God has in store for you and expect great things!

The Power of Truth:
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

“For the LORD God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing will the LORD withhold from those who do what is right.” Psalm 84:11

Suggestion for Prayer:
Ask God to show you how He sees you, so you may live boldly with purpose and great hope.