Recently I joined a Women’s Bible study. It is not your typical Bible study class, but more like a fellowship meeting where women can come together in faith and share their week’s journeys. The first meeting was more of an introduction, where we all shared our life journeys and our dreams. We ended the meeting in prayer and the instructor gave us our homework for the week. At first I was thinking, “Homework? I thought I was done with that!” But I quickly became so involved in the homework that it no longer felt like “work.” I was so thankful to have a reason to pour my soul into the Bible and write down my findings.
During our study we discussed the many different things the world wants us to be. We are living in a world that wants us to be successful, but in order to be successful we must be rich. We must have the very best lawn and landscaping design to top our neighbors or win the “Best Kept Lawn in the Neighborhood” award. Turn on the television and you see weight loss commercials galore, willing you to buy their product because they are the only way to a thin body. There are so many things the world wants us to be. But what does the Lord want us to be?
“What does the Lord want me to be?”
This question really made me think. What does the Lord want me to be? Matthew 5:48 tells us that that we are “to be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.” The Greek word teleioi is translated to “perfect,” which means mature, or full grown. Therefore this verse speaks of being completely mature in character and mind in a godliness way. God loves His enemies and expect they will eventually come to know Him and love Him, too. By changing our attitudes toward our own enemies, or those who have hurt or wronged us, perhaps we can teach them how to love as well. Jesus taught us at The Sermon on the Mount to love our enemies and pray for those who hurt us. By doing this we will be acting as true children of our Father, (Matt. 5:44-45). “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had,” (Philippians 2:5).
What are some things that come to your mind when you ask yourself the question above? What does the Lord want you to be?