Free to Shine
I can feel it…an all too familiar sensation which accompanies opportunities for an adventure of any kind. Hesitation - an uneasy pause and sense of retreat hindering the pulsating desire within to move forward or to try something new.
What will others think? What if I fail? What if God fails? All questions which intrude our minds and hearts.
I have been repeatedly inspired at many youth and young adult conferences I’ve attended by speakers imploring me to be the world changer I was created to be. Although I believe in this message, I don’t remember anyone talking about how hard it was really going to be to do so.
- To break out of the mold
- To push against the resistance
- To let faith lead over reason at times
- To reject the lies and believe the words of Father God
A popular mantra in society is “believe in yourself” but those of us who live re-connected to God as Father through salvation offered in Christ must tweak it slightly to afford His inclusion. In fact, we don’t truly discover all of who we are until we discover Him. After all, only the Designer knows best the facets of His design. We can start to believe in who we are when we begin to believe in who He is and His faithfulness to us.
He whispers to our hearts to come alive, to trust Him, to give it a try.
Along the process of discovery, we may be pressured to hide whether from fear, religiosity, false humility or other influences. But Father God makes it clear that His intention is not to hide His children and what He’s put in us from the world.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matt.5:14 (ESV)
“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matt.5:16 (ESV)
It is to the Father’s glory that we become all He made us to be and let His light and power shine through us.
In 2 Timothy 1:6-7 Paul is encouraging a young man named Timothy who is stepping out to be all he was made to be.
“I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (NIV)
The Message Paraphrase reads, “God doesn’t want us to be shy with our gifts…”
In order for us to “fan into flame” the gifts we’ve been given we have to first believe we have been talented and second believe in Father God’s desire for us to shine!
We need to be able to hear His voice of affirmation in our hearts silencing all the other voices (including our own!) opposing the venture to become who He made us to be.
The realization that God is for us, as we set out to follow Him, has to override the influence of everything that isn’t.
- In Him we find the courage not to fear.
- We embrace the fact we were made to shine.
- We can desire to see our Father receive all the glory from our lives – His design- living in full view empowered by His Spirit and impacting the world around us.
This is who He made us to be;
powerfully free to shine