A New Layer of Shimmering Glory

I see this message everywhere: Be Yourself.  Just Be Who You Are.

In my experience, being yourself and becoming who you were born to be are two entirely different encounters.

“Being yourself” is a display of authenticity and transparent vulnerability.  It is the stark foundation for true family.  You reveal your personality, your temperament and priorities, your strengths and weaknesses, within the framework of relationship.  You begin to accept roles of service based upon what you love and feel freed to reject anything that doesn’t fill you with excitement.  You put words and expression to how you really feel about things.  In this place, we (your Jesus family) come into a true understanding of how you perceive yourself.  It is the beginning.

“Becoming who you were born to be”…well, that is the adventure all were made to embark upon.  It is brutal and inconvenient, exhilarating and consuming.  It calls upon the dedicated exhaustion of your flesh, including any preference towards self-sufficiency.  You lose the right to choose who and how you serve; those who would become like Christ are called into the service of all.  Instead of feel-good love, you possess the Truth-in-Love.  He has a voice, a beckoning invitation,  that calls you into decisions of great impact–that almost certainly cost you the loss of your personal shrines.  Reputation lays itself upon the altar of obedience.  It is the greatest exercise in self-discipline and personal brokenness that I have ever experienced. With each obedient step, there is agony and ecstasy.  A bit of flesh falls away, rather, tears away, but a new layer of shimmering Glory replaces it. It is the worthy adolescence of His sons and daughters.

With each obedient step, there is agony and ecstasy. A bit of flesh falls away, rather, tears away, but a new layer of shimmering Glory replaces it.

To become who I am made to be is only possible as I persistently behold myself as He sees me, and then make movements in my belief of His truth.  This requires steady willingness, stepping out in the face what constantly feels unnatural.  Trust lives here, bought against the grain of despair.  No amount of intention, no public declaration, no inspirational quote is ever sufficient here.

To become the Me that He intended requires one currency: the forward action of one who believes. The one who sees what the Father sees, and combines it with faith in his inner man, will be in the movement of becoming.  This is not simply being yourself, but becoming the you He always had in mind.

The one who sees what the Father sees, and combines it with faith in his inner man, will be in the movement of becoming.

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