After walking the dream journey for awhile, you come to realize that the journey is much more about the dream giver than it is about the dream. Sarah just got back from London and a big dream. In her search for what’s next, she is finding Jesus and even more than that. She’s finding who she is in Jesus. And it is a beautiful thing…
There they are, a couple days walk, from their Promised Land. Canaan, God’s promise, the land flowing with milk and honey! And they get it so wrong. They forget who they are- His chosen people. Because of their forgotten identity, they build golden calves, intermarry with foreign nations, let 8 cowardly spies convince them not to enter their Promise.
It’s so easy to forget who we are in the wilderness, but it’s also where we become the surest of who we are. Look at Jesus. The Holy Spirit takes Him out into the wilderness; He leads Him there. Then Satan gets all up in His business and challenges who He is. Notice that. Satan doesn’t question Jesus’ good motives or plans or dreams.
He questions who He is. “If you are the Son of God…” he sneers.
I am becoming less and less convinced that God cares about what we do, but much more about who we become.
Because if we really understood who we were, our very identity, the way the Creator of the Universe sees us, we would change the world.
When you know you’re a son, you can’t help but talk about your Father. When you know you’re a father to the fatherless, you’ll take care of the orphans. When you know you’re redeemed, you’ll go to marginalized women and offer grace. When you know you have a John the Baptist call on your life, you can’t not evangelize.
Your identity is what changes the world. It’s not being in Kenya or in my case, London. It’s not finding the perfect ministry position or top paying job to fund missions or even the perfect spouse. It’s not finding a community you can be weird in or a church that lets you dance. You being you will change wherever you are.
In Deuteronomy 7:6, Israel is told that “…you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”
The world and those in it told them otherwise. And I have a feeling that at some point on your Kingdom Dream journey (if not already), you’re going to be told the same. But guess what? IT’S HOGWASH! Whoever and whatever God says you are is who you are.
You aren’t a bum, you aren’t a weakling, you aren’t a mistake or failure.
You are chosen, royal, powerful. You are beautiful, precious and world changing. You are a history maker and a nation shaper. Act accordingly.
God says I’m a worshipper, so I should be worshipping wherever I am. He says I’m a lioness so I protect my cubs regardless of where they are in the world. He says I’m a princess so I expect Him to make it rain when my bank account makes me doubt His faithfulness. He says He has a plan when I feel useless and am stuck watching the third episode of ‘The Mentalist’ in a row.
I can be me anywhere I am. You can be you anywhere you are. So go be you!
That’s where your power and the glory of God reside. Go be the fearless woman of God your middle of nowhere town needs. Go be the steadfast man of faith your family needs you to be. The bold evangelist to your college buddies. The free prophet to your conservative church. Be you! Because everyone else is taken. And because the world needs it.