An Invitation to Stop Running
We live in a society that emphasizes the importance of being your authentic self. Yet, this same society also places so many expectations on who you are supposed to be. It is honestly overwhelming. Depression and anxiety are so common in our generation. Why is that? Could it be because many of us do not really know who we are? Jeremiah 1:4-5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” You see, our heavenly Father knows who you are now and who you are designed to be. The problem here is that our generation does not see the need for Jesus. Our generation thinks faith is a matter of simply saying they believe in God when in reality it is a matter of having a profound relationship with Him.
In Luke 2:41-52, Jesus at the age of twelve goes to Jerusalem with Mary and Joseph for a feast. At the end of the feast, his parents return home but without them knowing Jesus stays behind. When Mary and Joseph finally realize that Jesus is not behind them, they immediately go back to look for him. When they find Jesus, He is in the temple listening and asking questions to the teacher of the law. In Mary’s caring nurture she says to Jesus, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” To their surprise, Jesus replies, “Why were you searching for me? Don’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Even at the age of twelve, Jesus always knew who He was. The truth is that He was never lost because He always knew what the Father had brought him on earth to do. Many people in this generation are lost because they do not know the Father or what the Father has called them to do. Your identity is not in this world; your identity is in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
Today, I invite you to stop running. Stop letting society influence the person you are becoming. I invite you to place your trust in the Lord. Let Him, who already knows where you are going, be the guide and light of your life. The Lord in His mercy gave us free will, and the Lord in His mercy also died for us on the cross. He chose to die for you because He loves you, and He gave us free will so we can consciously choose Him and love Him back. God is the only constant in life, so choose Him as He has chosen you.
Join us on September 25, 2023, at 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Zoom to start your journey to becoming the person God created you to be.