It’s You, Only Better

10 Mar

Have you noticed how often the idea of being a better version of yourself is used in advertisements?

Hair color, makeup, diet methods, exercise equipment, clothes, self-help books–you get the idea.

This works because we so readily believe in the need to actually be a better version of ourselves.

The products themselves aren’t bad; but, the “buy in” idea can be a dangerous one.  I need to be better – just do it.

This promotes a focus on self, and a focus of measuring self.  Reminds me a bit of the law keepers in the Old Testament.

An underlying message exists:  How you look + What you do = Who You Are

We all know this isn’t true. I may seem totally together and pleasing to those around me, but I won’t feel that way on the inside if it isn’t true.

So what’s my point?

Let’s not play that game with ourselves. “Being me, only better” isn’t what I need. My greatest need is to know the Lord better, growing in understanding his word, abandoning every known sin in my life, being sensitive to his promptings, and obedient to act upon them.

Here’s the miraculous thing. When we are busy knowing our Lord Jesus and Heavenly Father better, simply because that is our desire, God graciously makes us a better version of ourselves. Not changing us into something better, but leading us into the “you” he created – which is superior to any version of ourselves that self-will or conforming to the world could produce. And, it’s eternal.

The world can hinder who you are, only God can bring forth what he created.

Suggested verses: Psalms 139; Romans 12: 1 – 8

And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him, 2 Corinthians 3:18  The Message Translation. 

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