Given the current season I’ve been in, I have to wonder if perhaps our journey isn’t necessarily so much about becoming something or someone. Maybe it’s about unbecoming the things you were never really meant to be, so that you can be who God created you to be.
9 Bible Verses about Becoming Who God Created You To Be
For example, I was never created to be a stressed out worrier. Instead, God wants me to put my trust in Him, and be a rested warrior. Worry just puts our faith in the problem and the enemy’s lies, whereas when we allow ourselves to rest, it helps us trust that God already has the problems worked out.
1. God created us for fellowship
I was never created to be in competition with others. God created us for fellowship, each with our different gifts and talents to compliment others’. “The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12). When others receive blessings, or opportunities, we don’t need to feel threatened because God has more than enough to spread around to all of His children.
2. God created us to put forth our best effort
I was never meant to be a paralyzed perfectionist. God wants us to put forth our best effort and do everything as if we were doing it for Him. Yet striving for perfection often prevents progress. I want to focus on doing what God has called me to do, as best I can do it, without fear of consequences for my imperfection. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).
3. God created us to seek His kingdom first and His righteousness
I want to seek God’s pleasure rather than striving for man’s approval. There will always be others who disagree with me, or misunderstand my motives, or who fail to appreciate my efforts. But God tells us “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).
4. God created us to get understanding and walk in unity
I want to seek understanding and unity rather than focus on being right in a situation. When we are so focused on being right, we often miss the opportunity to strengthen a relationship. People may not always remember exactly what we say, but they will usually remember the attitude with which it was said. “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).
5. God created us to be a light that points others back to Him
Rather than having a spotlight on me and what I do or what I’ve accomplished, I desire to be a light that points others back to God. Accolades from others don’t satisfy, but hoping to one day hear, “My Good and Faithful Servant” surely does. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).
6. God created us to sit in His presence
Instead of being a slave to work, and being considered a workaholic, I prefer to be God’s child who longs to sit in His presence. His presence is where we find peace, joy, satisfaction, and hope. “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever” (Psalm 16:11).
7. God adopted us into His own family
Rather than considering myself rejected and abandoned, what a comfort it is to remember that I have been adopted by God as His child, and am a joint heir with Jesus “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5).
8. God sees me as righteous
Instead of allowing myself to focus on feelings of insecurity, I choose to focus on the fact that through Jesus, God sees me as righteous. “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans 3:22). Furthermore, God has accepted us. “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).
9. God has forgiven me
Despite the fact that I have sinned, God has forgiven me. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).
I want to become all God wants me to be, don’t you? In what areas do you need to “unbecome?”
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