Be who you are

I love the story of Jacob and Esau, I recognise it in my own life. I have pretended too often to be someone I'm not.

In the story Jacob pretends to be Esau in order to get his father's blessing, he wants more out of life and doesn't think being Jacob is going to get him as far. (Genesis 27:18-38)

Have you ever pretended to be something you're not, maybe to meet some expectation you think others have of you or to get ahead in life?

Can you relate to Jacob's fear of not being able to achieve as much by just being himself?

Do you worry what other people think of you, when you are just being you? (Tweet this)

It wasn't just Jacob, Moses thought he was unworthy because he couldn't speak well, Jonah tried to run completely and Gideon thought he was too weak. None felt they were up to what God had called them to, they believed someone else would be much better.

Once again comparison rears it's ugly head, it is what I call the Peter problem.

"When Peter saw him, he asked "Lord, what about him?"" (John 21:21)

I often find myself asking God, "what about him/her, why don't they have to do it or why do they get to do that?"
Jesus tells Peter and me "What is that to you?" and then he states "You must follow me" (verse 22 emphasis added).

We are not to follow the person we see as a better writer, a better evangelist, a better mother... We are called to follow Jesus and we need to stop thinking that others are better than we are, all they are is different.

My past is not the same as yours and I'm not in the place you are right now. Accepting that we are all at different stages in life with a range of different opportunities, brings the realisation that as much as our past and our present is different to others so our future will be too. You cannot be someone else because you are you.

My past made my present possible and accepting that makes my future. (Tweet this)

Jacob had to come to terms with this, no matter what life he had taken from Esau he couldn't get away from being who he was.
Jacob wrestles with God and God asks him "What is your name?". God doesn't need an answer to this question, he knows him but, did Jacob really know who he was? God wants him to recognise his own identity and accept who he is and he wants the same for us.

Are you trying to be somebody else or have you sensed the unique path that God has only for you?

When we accept the uniqueness of each person and of ourselves we can stop pretending, we can stop comparing, and we can become the person God made us to be. (Tweet this).

Are you ready to be you?



Linking up with encouraging blogs Mel @ Essential things devotions and Friday Fellowship @ Intentional by Grace

5 comments:

  1. Such a great post, Tania.

    In answer to your question, yes I'm very aware of my unique path. I embraced it a while ago. I have always been the different one, the outsider, criticised for being me so to speak, which at some points has been hard, very hard, but I can see clearly God's hands in this as a part of moulding me for the work He wants me to do. Others may not understand, but God knows best :)

    Yes, I'm ready to be me :)

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    1. You're an inspiration Anita. Good for you for being obedient to God x

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  2. Deeply appreciated your post.

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  3. This is a great post, Tania. I love that you have shared about how we try to wear masks to feel more comfortable around others and fear rejection when we try to be ourselves. Yet each of us are a unique creation made beautiful by God. We need to honour this in our worship to Him.

    Thanks for linking up at Essential Fridays.
    Blessings
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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