"Four Year Strong"
If you’ve read anything I’ve ever posted (or if you haven’t), make sure that this is the one thing you pay attention to. This is very important.
I am exceedingly confident that you are not called to be like a person that is already on the planet. You are not called to be like Micah Wood, Casey Doss, John Piper, Paul Washer, Dutch Sheets, Karen Wheaton, Reinhard Bonnke, Benny Hinn, David Platt, Kris Vallotton, Bill Johnson, Todd White, Francis Chan, Rick Warren, or whoever you look up to as a father or mother of your faith.
Christian hardcore kids, you are not called to be like Mattie Montgomery or Tommy Green.
Theologians, you are not called to be A.W. Tozer or C.S. Lewis.
You are not called to change the world in a way that it has already been changed.
You are not called to speak to the world in a way that it has already been spoken to.
You are not called to exhibit a gifting that the world has already seen.
You’re not called to live out a destiny that has been lived out before.
Christians, when you submit yourselves to copycatting a successful mentor or idol’s behavior, you lose out on exhibiting the subtle yet powerful nuances of spiritual individuality Yahweh painstakingly created in you when you were formed.
When you try to do things the same way someone else did, you are not breaking new ground. You’re putting on their clothes of success and thinking “I did it”. You’re not showing the world the fullness of your gifting.
The fact is is that you are not called to be like your spiritual heroes. You’re called to be you. If you run off adopting aspects of someone else, you will bury everything that made you a unique creation in the first place.
I am a firm believer that burying the uniqueness of us all is one of the reasons why Christians are stereotyped so frequently. We’re meant to lead the world as a united church, but the leaders that are supposed to be reaching their intended audience have become so preoccupied attempting to live up to the American Christian standard that they’ve completely buried the powerful uniqueness that Yahweh gave them.
I mean, we sure LOOK like Christians. We go to our Christan Bible studies, Christian youth groups, Sunday and Wednesday services, read the latest Christian self help book, listen to the latest Christian worship music, wear Christian tshirts, hang out with our Christian friends, and do whatever else an American Christian would normally do. All that is good and fine, but without you being in relationship with the one that made you and seeing yourself as the incredibly unique individual you were made to be, your full impact as a person is lost.
Do. Not. Adopt. A standard outside of the one that we are Biblically called to. There are plenty of standards that culture waits to heap upon you, each of them designed for your destruction.
For God’s sake, just be you. Live up to the destiny He planned out, using the gifts He gave you. That spark of individuality in you is intended to set the world on fire for Him.
Going off in someone else’s shoes will not change the world.
So what do you do now? You go to Him, and start figuring things out between you and Him.
The world cannot afford to not experience who you truly are, with every unique nuance of your being fully and completely expressed for the advancement of the kingdom. It can’t afford to exist another day without you being who you really are in Him.
Take the plunge to find out who you really are, and live out the fullness of your destiny with it.