Just because you say you are a thing, and present yourself as a thing, does not make you that thing. You must first find that thing stalking you in the secret spaces of thought and knocking on the doors of your intent. You must turn inward and meet that part of you as an act of submission rather than fabrication. You can be anything you want, but until you are no longer mimicking the identity, convictions, and practice of others, you are not anything. The genuine does not use others as products for consumption. The genuine knows how to create.
The earlier revelation was intended simply to get us ready for the Messiah, who then puts everything right for those who trust him to do it. Moses wrote that anyone who insists on using the law code to live right before God soon discovers it’s not so easy—every detail of life regulated by fine print! – Romans 10:4-5 MSG
When you study the movements and habits of others as a means to make them your own, you procrastinate your own journey. You shortchange yourself. Deep feelings of inadequacy are keeping you from getting to know yourself. You can’t fake your way into being someone of substance. You can’t follow enough rules to make it real. You only attract others who, like you, don’t know where they’re going. You surround yourself with people who want to be someone and never know that they already are.
But trusting God to shape the right living in us is a different story—no precarious climb up to heaven to recruit the Messiah, no dangerous descent into hell to rescue the Messiah. So what exactly was Moses saying? The word that saves is right here, as near as the tongue in your mouth, as close as the heart in your chest. It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. – Romans 10:6-9 MSG
Stop running from your own quiet. You’re not missing out on anything because what is going on out there is not yours. You can’t keep taking and taking, all the while expecting no one to notice that you’re just regurgitating someone else’s ideas. Where is your fruit? Show us your creation.
You can’t do this on your own. You’re making people want to avoid you. Spend more time breathing in the already present God. Breathe out all the tension and angst of someone with no vision. Leave the frustration of a desperate wannabe behind as you cultivate your own garden. Water your own grass. Find your own path. Let the organic righteousness of God fold you into His mysteries and weave you like thread into something uniquely beautiful. Maybe somewhere down the line you’ll meet up with like minds instead of trying to consume the minds of those you want to be like.
This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” – Romans 10:9-10 MSG