“After David had served his generation according to the will of God, he died and was buried, and his body decayed.” — Acts 13:36
Who are you? I mean, who are you really? Everybody in your life probably has an opinion of who you ought to be, and they are only too eager to tell you their opinions. If you are the typical person, you have probably spent the majority of your life trying to be the person you think you are supposed to be just so you can compete in this world–and you silently resent having to do so.
Have you ever stopped to ask, “Who has God made me to be?” God knew exactly what He was doing when he made you and gave you the desires that are in your heart. Our common experience is that we fumble around with the expectations others have put on us and not courageously discovering who God has made us to be.
Think about the variety of ways God has made us. Moses was an impatient, soft-spoken man of miracles. David was an athletic champion who could write songs after winning battles. Jonathan was a loyal friend who was willing to give up his own success for God’s bigger plan. John the Baptist was an unconventional street preacher. The apostle Paul was an uncompromising achiever, while his closer friend Barnabas was a personal encourager of others.
Some of God’s great men look very successful, and some of them seem very unassuming. Others seem to have failed in their pursuits. What they have in common is that they aggressively pursued what God put on their hearts to do with their lives.
Who do you think God has made you to be? Does that match the expectation of others? If not, whose expectations will you choose? I think that it is time for us to thank God for the way He has made us. We need to understand the desires He has given us and use those desires to glorify Him. We should be asking God to show us how to live in such a way that we are what He has made us to be.