My Desire: To Be a World-Changer
As an entrepreneur, my goal in life is basically to change the world. I’m constantly coming up with new ideas, strategies, and grand schemes for altering everything around me. But I’m starting to notice that all of the things that “I’ve” done are not actually my own accomplishment, but God’s. My younger, more simplistic mind thought that the number of people who “got saved” because of me was the most important output of my life. I would constantly worry about this, and wonder if something was wrong when the people around me weren’t visibly changing.
Recently, God has given me a new perspective on His purpose for our lives, and I can see now that figuring out how to change the world isn’t really my job. The idea that’s been on my heart is that God is the Master Planner, and all we need to do is the piece we were created for. This is not a new idea, but is something that we often forget or misunderstand.
The Body of Christ: God’s Plan for World-Change
In a company, there are many people at various levels and positions working to achieve a common goal. In a perfect scenario, each employee is selected for a position based on their specific skillset, personality traits, and qualifications. Some positions are more noticed and glorified than others, but the Marketing Director is every bit as important as the receptionist who answers the phones. The accountant who thinks in numbers is every bit as important as the entrepreneurial mind who helps the company break into new markets.
What would happen if the Marketing Manager decided that she’d rather be an accountant? What if she decided that she wanted to be smart with numbers rather than creative? Or what if the receptionist quit answering phones because she didn’t find her position important?
When you lead a project, you become more acutely aware of the importance of each member. No matter how exciting or dull a task is, diligent workers who do their part without questioning the importance of their assignment are sought after by leaders. They are valuable, even when they don’t recognize their value.
He created YOU so perfectly that in order to “find your purpose”, the best thing to do is to simply discover who you are and put your energy into being the best version of yourself.
In the Kingdom of God, this is even more true. Not only is each member valuable, but each of us was created by God for our specific place in the Body of Christ. He created YOU so perfectly that in order to “find your purpose”, the best thing to do is to simply discover who you are and put your energy into being the best version of yourself.
Because we’ve been broken by sin, this process is going to require effort. Fortunately, we have God leading us daily, shaping us back into our intended form. It’s a bumpy ride, but it’s not the complex hunt we imagine it to be. We need to learn who we were meant to be so that we can reflect God in the way He designed us to. Then, lives around us will change — not because we convinced them or spoke sweetly and with convincing arguments, but because the restored image of God in us will reach the hearts of those who are already ripe for harvest.
Incredible freedom comes with the discovery of this truth. We are set free from trying to “measure up” to some standard or “figure out” how to have an impact on those around us, and we are set free to explore the depth and breadth of everything that God created inside of us.
This is God’s plan, and it’s not about racking up points or obtaining glory for yourself. It’s about being who God created you to be! Incredible freedom comes with the discovery of this truth. We are set free from trying to “measure up” to some standard or “figure out” how to have an impact on those around us, and we are set free to explore the depth and breadth of everything that God created inside of us.
How to Be Yourself (It’s More Practical Than You Think)
“Being ourselves” encompasses more than we realize. It’s easy to forget that our physical and mental health, self-expression, and friendships are all connected to our spiritual well-being. Your health is by no means a measure of spirituality, but eating right and exercising regularly will boost your mood, help you to live a longer life, and give you the energy to be the best version of you. If God has given you a talent or passion, such as design, music, writing, sports, or fashion, a failure to express that part of yourself is not honoring to God and might hinder you from being fully yourself. Friendships are also important, because we are wired for community — in fact, the restoration of fellowship between people of all ages, races, and backgrounds is a huge part of Christ’s plan for the church.
Your walk with God is not just about singing in church or reading your Bible daily; it’s about living your life well so that you can be a reflection of your Creator.
This is why The You Are Project has articles on every subject: because we believe that your walk with God is actually connected to all areas of your life. It’s not just about singing in church or reading your Bible daily; it’s about living your life well so that you can be a reflection of your Creator.
The world is watching us. Let’s pray that they are changed by what they see.