“…And I’ll sit my child down & say, “that’s not who you are”. Even if they ARE being lazy right now. I’ll tell them. you ARE NOT lazy. So stop acting like it.”
I was a sponsor for a girls retreat this weekend for our church. I honestly showed up exhausted & feeling defeated. What I expected to hear: Girls receiving little spiritual teaching, mostly fluff & pats on the back. I what I actually heard throughout the weekend was surprising not that. We were sitting in on one of Miranda Burchham’s breakout sessions and her words were soaking into a very dry crack in my heart. I found myself being both convicted and encouraged by her words, fighting tears (Staying up till 1:30 am with a bunch of JR. High. girls in a basement will do that to ya! 😉 I wanted to share what I was reminded of. Her point is not “my kid never does anything wrong, and I don’t discipline them,” but rather, being who you are called to be in Christ. Do you speak truth into yourself & the people that surround you, or are you bitter, discouraging, hateful, & arrogant? Our life is meant to bear fruit. So stop acting like who you WERE & put truth into your heart and mind, and follow the one who has called you out of your sinful flesh.
“16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,[d] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do[e] such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:16-26 ESV
If we are in Christ, we have committed to follow and serve him. We are called to life; called to speak that life & truth into ourselves and those around us. We’re no longer called to lie, so stop being a liar. We’re no longer called to please ourselves, so stop acting out of selfishness. That’s NOT who you are, so stop acting like it. We are forgiven, bought & paid for, sons & daughters of a risen Savior. So start acting like it. “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” James 1:21
Miranda encouraged us to write down lies satan tries to feed us so that we stay distracted & and to find scripture that combats those lies with the truth of who Christ is, and who we are in Christ. I encourage you to do the same. You can’t pour from an empty well. You’ve heard that before. And how true it is. How hard is it to serve and encourage others when you’re stuck on your own fears, failures, & insecurities? If you’re always putting yourself down in your mind & feeding lies into your mind, it’s nearly impossible. Proverbs 18:20-21 says: From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” What fruits are you feeding on? Are you speaking truth & life into yourself & others? I challenge you to read through proverbs, as well as James. Scripture reinforces the power of our words in so many places. My hope is that my words would be more bent towards righteousness a little more everyday.
We are called out by God. Set apart to display His glory; to know Christ, & make Him known. When Jesus was calling out his disciples, to Peter & Andrew, He says “follow me & I’ll make you fishers of men.” So if you’re a little bit like me, tempted to sit in your insecurities & dock yourself in the comfortable waters of the harbor, let me remind you as much as I’m reminding myself: That’s NOT who you are.