“Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you”
[Matthew 5:48 The Message]
Like many I have been familiar with the words of Shakespeare. “To thine own self be true”, since my early school days. It is the type of statement that does for many bring the honest response, but who am I?
There is a quiet and overwhelming victory in the heart and soul of the person who has learned to be true to themselves. For Paul it meant he could pen the words, “I have learned to be content…” [Philippians 4:12] This is not a resignation of circumstances, but truth of a far deeper value. Paul was reaching into a deep well of satisfaction because he had learned to be who God had created him to be. He was not molded or conformed to the external patterns of the world but rather drew strength and character from the new creation within. “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” [Philippians 4:13]
There is also a generosity of life that silently and powerfully flows to influence and affect all those around them. Not dependent on external things Paul could be totally victorious and generous in living to the fullest; even in the midst of trial and suffering.
When the fullness of God’s life flows into a conduit with the same attitude as His own there is within that vessel the power of overcoming life and unlimited possibilities. The greatest of which is the peace that passes all understanding. Knowing who you are and being true to your authenticity is a treasure chest of inestimable value. Find yourself in Christ this morning and the day will bring life abundant.
Further reading: Psalm 139; Philippians 4:4-9;