Birds fly. Fish swim. Sure, they cross over into each other’s territory every once in awhile. Some birds will go underwater to catch fish. And then, there’s flying fish! God is the most fascinating Person you’ll ever meet. And He always has the most unusual ideas. If a species of cat is ever discovered with gills and a fin-tail, be sure to thank Him. “You did it again, God. Confounded the whole world. Just when we thought we had everything figured out.” Did you know that you’re one of God’s unusually marvelous ideas? Have you ever thought about yourself that way? You see, if God was like us, He would have made every single bird and fish the same. “And don’t cross into each other’s territory!” He’d say. He would have made man a machine with no possible room for error or free thought. “There. Now, there won’t be any pain, suffering, or disaster, and everything will be just fine,” He’d say. The sun, moon, and stars would all stand still, just in case one of them went off course at any time and hit something else. The angels would do nothing but anxiously inventory creation, just in case anything gets out of line, and if that happened, He’d get mad, start blaming angels… It’s a good thing God is not like us.
God is not mundane, boring, or even safe as we try to make Him. He’s holy. The word “holy” means set apart, unlike anything else, completely unique and incomparable in value. And, because of all that, the word holy also means to be protected, preserved, with greatest importance. Ever wonder why not uttering God’s Name in vain is one of the ten commandments? That’s why. God’s character is holy, precious, unique, to be treated with utmost respect and value. Making God’s Name something to just be thrown around carelessly, vainly, is a great crime because of the holiness of God’s Name. So, maybe it’s easy to think of God as holy, way beyond our comprehension, way beyond our ways. But what about you? Have you ever thought of yourself as holy? What about set apart, unlike any other, unique, incomparable in value, and to be treated with utmost respect and value? If you don’t think about yourself that way, your self-image is different from what God sees in you. God says in Leviticus, “be holy; for I am holy” (11:44, KJV). It’s like He’s saying here, “Get away from all those other things you think define you, and be who I created you to be.” Let Him make you what He saw when He died on the cross for you. Let Him define your life. You rob all creation of a God-given gift when you try to be something He never intended you to be.
Have you ever had an experience where you’re struck by something that fascinates, moves, or really resonates with you, so you seek it out, but can’t find anything that strikes you the same way? Sure, it might have the same form, but not the same heart. Maybe you loved the original song, but now you cringe every time you hear a cover of it. Maybe you loved Grandma’s cookies, but every time you try to make them, they’re just not the same. You can try all you want, but it’s not the real thing. And that’s why the real thing’s so valuable. You see, you’re not made to be a counterfeit. You’re made to be an original expression – an original expression of God’s character.
Look what the book of Ephesians says: “For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]” (2:10, AMP). Paul writes in Ephesians chapter 3 that he was given direct revelation from God about the mystery of Christ, which has been hidden from mankind until this very time. And if that wasn’t enough to rattle your perception of reality, he goes on to tell us why: “[T]o the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places,” (3:10, NKJV). Wow! Are you beginning to see it? When God wanted to give angels a lesson on the how and why of what He does, He said, “Look at My children. Watch what they do.”
You see, Jesus is the full manifestation of the Father to us. Just as Jesus is, so is the Father. But the One who reveals Jesus to all creation lives inside of us – the Holy Spirit. And guess what? He reveals Jesus through us! You are created to be a unique expression of Jesus’ character on earth, today! Not 1500 B.C. Not 30 A.D. Not yesterday, or tomorrow. God has you here right now, on a special assignment He’s not willing to give to anyone else!
What makes you so special? Your Creator. You’re created in His image (Genesis 1:26,) for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). And what is God’s glory? His goodness manifested. You are made to be God’s goodness manifested to creation, a living letter sealed by His Spirit, His boast, and His gift, for His pleasure. God is love, and it’s His good pleasure to give, because of His good nature. And you’re designed to be the same way. You’re created to become love, and to give.
Give what, you say? Give Him all you are. Give the world His message. I’ll say it again. You are a living letter, signed with Jesus’ Name, sealed by the Holy Spirit, so that all creation can experience God’s goodness manifested through your life. God promised Israel thousands of years ago, “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts” speaking of a new covenant between God and His people (Jeremiah 31:33, NKJV). And now, to all who have given their life to the risen Christ, in the new covenant, He declares: “ [Y]ou are an epistle of Christ… written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart” (2 Cor 3:3, NKJV). Jesus is everything the Father ever wanted to say in one Person. And if Jesus is “the Word made flesh,” then I’m telling you, God created you, not just to give a message, but to be the message. You’re made not just to do something, but to be something. Something new. Something holy.
So what’s the message that you’re giving to the world? What do people see in you? Do they see Jesus? Or do they just see more of the same stuff they’ve been seeing in the world? Are you a counterfeit of someone or something else, or are you a holy expression of God’s glory? Are you what the world tells you you should be, or are you what God created you to be? Did you know that God didn‘t create anything else to be full of promise and unlimited potential but you? Jesus said it. All things are possible for you with God. You and I have settled for the same ceiling everybody else has for far too long. A ceiling God never intended for us.
“But how do I know what God created me to be?” Good question. Stare at Jesus. Pursue Him and don’t stop. Spend time in God’s Word and in prayer before the feet of Jesus listening. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to you, and make you like Him in the process. Get rid of your own opinions and skewed perceptions. Get His opinion. Love Him. Spend time with Him. You’ll be amazed how the rest just falls into place. David wrote in Psalm 16, “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places,” talking about how he walks seamlessly and mightily forward into His destiny, under God’s counsel. Then, we find the key to why: “I have set the Lord always before me” (Psalm 16:6,8, NKJV). Pursue Him, and you’ll become like Him. He’ll write His Word upon your heart, and make you exactly what you were placed in this moment to be, exactly what He saw when He died on the cross for you, a living epistle, full of faith, hope, and love – a precious, beloved, and holy child of God.