What are you trying to live up to?


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The Gospel is that there is nothing you can do to make God love you more, and nothing you can do to make God love you less…because Jesus has done it all for you. Your debt has been paid, and a glory you did not earn is bestowed upon you…you’ve inherited a righteousness the way some people inherit money and power. This also means that the way you are right now, who you are when you’re not trying to be something “better” is valuable and precious to God.

See the scary looking guy in the picture?  That’s the character actor Danny Trejo.  He’s been in over 180 movies, and you’ve probably seen him in dozens of roles…usually playing a tough guy or something along those lines.  I think he’s perfect for it.  He looks the part and he’s able to summon the right attitude to fill out the role…

A plastic surgeon came up to him at a party once, looked at his face closely, and pointing to the wrinkles under his eyes said ‘You know I could fix that.’  To which his wife and all the people around him said “No!!”  Are you kidding me?  That’s part of his character, his appeal.  A part of who he is…as an actor anyway…

Now there’s nothing wrong with self improvement. God is all about you growing into holiness…  But I’ll tell you what God isn’t after…He’s not out to change the parts of you that make you “you.”  Unfortunately, sometimes, you are.  The world gives you examples that you have to measure up to in order to feel smart or beautiful or successful – and if you’re not careful you’ll trade in what’s good and real for something less.

There is a BIG difference between growing in holiness and conforming to the world’s idea of something…and the difference has to do with God making you uniquely you, and placing you in such a way that there are things that only you can do, roles that only you can fill.  If He were willing, would you let God lead you down the path that’s only for you?  Would you be bold enough, faithful enough?

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