November 1, 2018
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10 (NIV)
Every day we hear about another data breach, another friend or family members identity being stolen. Data breaches and stolen identities are done so that other people can pretend to be someone else for the purpose of exploiting their finances, their good credit or getting blamed for something they didn’t do.
When we are a victim of a data breach or identity theft, we are not responsible for what happens to our private information. A third party either allowed our private information to be stolen or they purposed to steal our information. But, what do we call it when we give our identity away?
Many people have decided not to be true to who they are because they are too concerned about what other people will say. People let go of their authentic selves so that they can fit in and go along to get along. God did not create us to fit in. God created us to stand out and be different.
Our goal should be to please God by pursuing his purpose for us, individually and collectively with people who we are in ministry with, whether it’s a church, a community organization or at work. We are to be who God created us to be so we can fulfill our God-given purpose and fill a niche so that others may see God and come to know him for themselves.
Lord God, help me not to give my identity away. Help me to see myself the way you see me; unique, set-apart and perfect in all my ways as I follow you. Help me not to be a people pleaser but a God pleaser. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Just for today:
I will purpose to pursue God’s plans for me and not concern myself with what other people think.
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