Matthew 23: 11-12 (the Message) “Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.
What does it mean to be yourself? It means to be how God created you to be. We may not believe it but we are too often products of our environment and are influenced by the world. Jesus constantly cautioned the disciples to not be of the world. He knows how easily we succumb to the things around us and especially those things that are destructive to us. But if we truly want to make a difference and be most effective in life, we are to live as close to the original image of our creation as possible. Why did Jesus choose the least of these to live as disciples? Why did he eat with sinners and call outcasts friends? The world may have condemned them and claimed them useless, but Christ saw the original image and the potential that each one could be. The same is true for us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, but we are being called by Christ to live as close to the original image that we possibly can. If we live that way, we can make a difference, we can count for plenty.
This Lent, live a life that is holy and just and righteous. Live the way you were created, with love, peace, hope and joy!