I have quite a few friends with very fun personalities, but kind of over do it sometimes with sassy attitudes and sarcasm.
Have you ever thought that the words that you say, the tone that you use, or the hidden intentions that you have truly make an impact? This impact is not only made upon the current situation but also to those around you, your life, and even your relationship with God.
Sometimes the moments that we think have little impact make the greatest. This could be either through the words we say, the words that we don’t say, the things that we do, or the things that we don’t do at all.
There are countless amounts of reasons why we think, say, and do the things we do. One reason could be influence: the people that we are around, the environment which we have been raised, or maybe even our own personal desires to think and act a certain way. Some people rely on personality tests, horoscopes, and even professionals to get answers and search for the meaning of why we are who we are.
From the Christian perspective, the only one that can ultimately answer these questions for you are God. God knew you and knit you together in your mother’s womb. He knew your personality, your talents, your weaknesses, and your destiny before you even have entered this world. He knew who you were before a personality test was even invented.
I personally find it very interesting when I take a personality test and find out so many new discoveries about myself that are actually true! I just never looked at it in that light. This is one of many routes that we go down to try to seek who we are. However, are we trying to understand and find the person that God had initially created us to be?
Or are we creating ourselves into our own selfish desires into a product approved, longed for, or even envied by society and the world we live in?
This isn’t what God meant for us.
God said that we were created for greatness. God didn’t intend for us to create our own greatness through entitlement or worldly pleasures. The greatness that God created us for was intended to bring His name known.
We can’t be selfish when we are trying to live like Jesus. We have to be all in.
The book of Malachi talks about the bad attitudes and unfaithfulness of people of Judah. They were hurt because they were not experiencing the things that God has promised them. However, they were doubtful, selfish, and unfaithful. In chapter 1 God asks them why they gave ultimately disrespected Him with such mediocre (probably less than that) sacrifices as offerings.
6 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says to the priests: “A son honors his father, and a servant respects his master. If I am your father and master, where are the honor and respect I deserve? You have shown contempt for my name!
“But you ask, ‘How have we ever shown contempt for your name?’
7 “You have shown contempt by offering defiled sacrifices on my altar.
“Then you ask, ‘How have we defiled the sacrifices?[c]’
“You defile them by saying the altar of the Lord deserves no respect.8 When you give blind animals as sacrifices, isn’t that wrong? And isn’t it wrong to offer animals that are crippled and diseased? Try giving gifts like that to your governor, and see how pleased he is!” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
9 “Go ahead, beg God to be merciful to you! But when you bring that kind of offering, why should he show you any favor at all?” asks the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
The God we serve wants our personal best.
He wants us to be all in.
He wants us to show Him that we love Him, trust Him, and want to serve Him and His will. How can we do that if we only have one foot in? He wants 100%.
- 13 You say, ‘It’s too hard to serve the Lord,’ and you turn up your noses at my commands,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Think of it! Animals that are stolen and crippled and sick are being presented as offerings! Should I accept from you such offerings as these?” asks the Lord.14 “Cursed is the cheat who promises to give a fine ram from his flock but then sacrifices a defective one to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “and my name is feared among the nations!
The God we serve is a good God. All that He does is good. He is good. How can we expect Him to care, bless, and love us if we can’t try to reciprocate His love towards Him? He deserves all the honor and glory. God wants all of our actions, thoughts, and intentions to be completely faithful towards Him and His will.
This starts with a faithful heart.
A Call to Faithfulness
10 Are we not all children of the same Father? Are we not all created by the same God? Then why do we betray each other, violating the covenant of our ancestors?
Therefore, if we give God our all and hold nothing back He will do immeasurably more than we can ever dream of.
- “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! 11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease.[a] Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 12 “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies”.
He will restore and protect us and He will make it known that our lives shine bright for Him because of the goodness that He has done for us.
We are God’s treasure.
We were created for more than we can ever create for ourselves.
It’s okay to be silly and have fun but just remember-
Live your life for Him.
- Speak words for HIM
- Choose your actions for HIM
- Guard your thoughts for HIM.
45 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
1 Corinthians 11:1
11 1 And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.