Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I Want To Be Her

I want to be her . . . . . I was at her home last night. It was perfectly decorated. It's her hobby.
I want to be her . . . . . Her home is always spotless, even when I drop by unexpectedly.
I want to be her . . . . . She is so organized. She is never late and always prepared.
I want to be her . . . . . She eats what she wants and stays a size 4.
I want to be her . . . . . She shows great compassion. She is so patient with her children and others.
I want to be her . . . . . She has great insight and teaches God's Word in a way that I can understand.
I want to be her . . . . . She is so encouraging. She is always positive. She loves on others. She is full of joy. She manages. She leads. She does everything well.
I want to be her . . . . . She is the Proverbs 31 woman. 

Who do you want to be?

A couple of Sundays ago, our study was on Romans 12:1-8. In preparation for the weekly lesson, I was impacted by the following. We are not to be conformed to this world. Conformed as in trying to be like another’s pattern. Instead we are to be transformed, or changed into another, like a butterfly.

I realized that being conformed might mean modeling myself after another woman. Even though that woman appears godly, I am not to model myself after her. I am to be transformed to be like Christ.

If you continue to read in Romans, there are words like “for” and “so” and the passage begins talking about gifts and service. We are to be transformed for a reason, so that God can give us what He wants us to have. He gives each of us the gifts He has specifically chosen for us to serve the body of Christ.

While it's a good thing to be organized, clean, healthy, compassionate, patient, insightful, and encouraging, we each have our own gifts to serve the body of Christ. When we spend too much time conforming to be like someone else, we miss the benefits of surrender to God's transformation in our lives to be who He wants us to be.

Serve well. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind by placing the Word of God inside. 

Who do you want to be?

Her?     Or . . . . . who He wants you to be.