"By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me." (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV)
God wants you to be you.
You don’t have to try to pretend to be someone else; you don’t have to hide who you actually are. The most attractive people I know are not the best looking; rather, they’re true to who they are.
There’s no pretense about them.
You can relax knowing that being yourself is exactly what God wants of you. You bring glory to God just by being yourself, because he created you to be just the person you are.
Now, believe you are who God says you are!
No one else has a vote on who you are. You’re free to be you instead of imitating someone else. You’re free to use your unique, God-given gifts, and there’s no need to compare your gifts to the gifts of others.
No one else is in competition to be you!
You are God’s masterpiece, a work of his own hands.
“By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me” (1 Corinthians 15:10 NIV).
Talk About It
Where are the places in your life where you’re still trying to be someone else? Ask God to help you be yourself.
Jon Walker is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals and author of "Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’."
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