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Read His Words Before Ours!

Colossians 3:1-10
Proverbs 1:20-33
Romans 6:20-23

“You Do You!”

The message is full of promise and electric excitement, isn’t it?!

It sounds pretty amazing!

The popular catchphrase is full of empowerment to let each individual be exactly whoever and whatever she wants to be with no questions asked.

No one else’s standards.
No one else’s rule.
No one else’s expectation.
Just, you do you.

While we nod along in agreement, feeling the thrill of personal power, we don’t even recognize the thickly woven rope tossed casually around us.

We are not our own.
We are slaves.

Makers of our own destinies.
Rulers of our own kingdoms.
You Do You, Boo.

Take that bite, Eve.
God didn’t really say you couldn’t eat from that tree, right? (Genesis 3:1)

Abraham, you’ve waited long enough on God.

Don’t you think He wants you to take some control? Sleep with your wife’s servant and produce your own heir. Do it your way, Abraham. (Genesis 16:1-2)

Build your tower, ancient Babylonians.

Be who you want to be.
Do what you want. (Genesis 11:4)

The enemy’s seductive whisper lingers over every syllable, “You do you.”

Satan’s goal hasn’t changed since the beginning of time, and his tactics haven’t, either. While he slyly entices us to “follow our hearts,” we end up being led away to demise. But there is another voice in the streets. Wisdom lifts her head and shouts aloud,

“‘Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!’
To him who lacks sense, she says, ‘Come, eat my bread and drink the wine I have mixed. Leave inexperience behind you, and you will live; Pursue the way of understanding.’” (Proverbs 9:4-6)

In the face of Satan’s seduction, the Lord’s wisdom resounds,
“The one who trusts in himself is a fool, but one who walks in wisdom will be safe.” (Proverbs 28:26)

Of course it’s exciting to toss around “you be you”! Who doesn’t want to be their own god? Self-worship is exceedingly provocative. Toss it under a masquerade of knowing yourself and pursuing your dreams, and no one will ever consider your feet are ensnared in the worship of one, yourself.

Is each person uniquely crafted with special gifts, passions, and heady dreams?

Yes! On Purpose!

These are a gift from the Maker, intended to be enjoyed and lived out to the fullest.

The difference is surrender.

The blade of surrender cuts through the thick cords of slavery tightening around us, like a warm table knife sinking through soft butter.

We are not our own.
We are bought at a price.

Esther, oh Queen, why risk your life and your position for a motley band of exiles?

You have it all, fame and beauty and safety.
But the voice of the Lord beckoned to her heart,
You were born for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14)

And Queen Esther changed the course of history by not following her way.
She walked away from self-worship.
She embraced self-sacrifice.

Mary, sweet and tender, this cost is too much! Give in to your fear, for who could carry the Son of God? Who will believe you, Mary? They will kill you!

But the angel of the Lord emboldened her,
Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” (Luke 1:30)

And humble Mary changed the course of history by not following her way.
She walked away from self-worship.
She embraced self-sacrifice.
Self-sacrifice isn’t nearly as trendy, but it is the way of the Lord.

Why?

Because His is the chosen path of sacrifice.
The King of Glory humbled Himself in total surrender to give His life in exchange for ours.
Then He calls us to do the same.

The Almighty God is not a deity centered around the motto “you do you.” If He were, you and I would have no hope in this life or the next. We would die in our sin and our self-worship with the rope of slavery bound around us like a noose.

As the God of the Universe, humbled into human form, hung dying for the sins we have committed, not the least of which is elevating ourselves to the position of god in our hearts, the way was made for our release from sin.

His righteousness in exchange for our sinfulness.

Surrender
Bought at a price.

The price of Christ’s precious blood. (1 Peter 1:18-19)

Sister, fully embrace who you are.

Introvert?
Extrovert?
Prefer tea over coffee or crowds to quiet solace?

Be assured your gifts and your passions have been handcrafted by the Lord who loves you; He placed them beautifully inside you.

He intended you to live these out in complete surrender and with all wisdom as you follow Jesus.

Be you, Sister.
Walk inside the life of the Christ, who gave His life for you.
And find it to the fullest!  
“You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.
So glorify God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

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Merry Ohler
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2 years ago

“While we nod along in agreement, feeling the thrill of personal power, we don’t even recognize the thickly woven rope tossed casually around us.”

Yes! Fantastic foray into the popular and widely accepted mindset that so deftly leads us away from the feet of Jesus. Much needed and packed with truth.

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