Fully Embrace Your Identity 5

Today, I want to start by saying that sometimes we want things to be hard or difficult. If it’s too easy many times we dismiss it or ignore it—with the “There’s got to be more to it” attitude.

We want something that sparkles and shines. Many times, as human beings, we wander away from the simple messages. But know this: what often seems simple is very profound.

Here’s an example

I used to be an assistant bank manager in a large commercial branch.

Our location had about 15 tellers and there was a lady who was probably in her early 70s. She came in every week at the busiest part of the day to deposit $2.00. Yes, that’s exactly what I said, “$2.00!”

The tellers used to complain about her all the time. One day, I took the liberty to look up her account only to find out that she had more than a few million dollars. She had apparently been depositing $2.00 for a very long time.  

In 1 Corinthians 2, the Apostle Paul proclaims that he does have eloquent speech—and isn’t that what we admire today? Paul didn’t have human wisdom. But if we were to tell the truth, many of us don’t go to God first. We search for experts on the Internet or in the next best webinar, our friends who don’t have the answers, or mentors who may have good information, but haven’t gone to God on our behalf.

Am I saying that these people can’t help us? Of course not. What I am saying is that…

Paul was resolved to know NOTHING except Jesus Christ crucified…I believe Paul went to God for His answers first and allowed Him to direct his path.

Right now, as in Paul’s day, we should be walking in the demonstration of God’s power.

But how?

Our faith should be in God’s power not in man’s wisdom.

God’s wisdom is a MYSTERY. What He says may be so simple that we ignore it or overlook it, BUT His words have deep meaning and unexplainable power.

What does this have to do with our identity? God is trying to show us who we truly are—our authority, our power, His love, how his Kingdom operates, our rights and privileges, and so much more.

These are some of the mysteries He wants to unfold right before our eyes.

Let’s go to 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 NIV, and it reads…

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

Ok, so what was the point of the $2.00 lady story? I’m glad you asked!

God had revealed to her two mysteries: first, the mystery of discipline, and second, the mystery of compound interest. Simple message—very profound, brilliant impact.

So, let’s start by asking God to forgive us for leaning on the wisdom on men. Then ask Him to REVEAL the mysteries that we’ve, perhaps, missed in a past season of our lives.

Still looking for the sparkle and the shine? Remember that God is the only one who needs NO light because He IS the light.

This week meditate on 1 Corinthians chapter 2. And if God reveals any mysteries to you, please share in the comments below.

Until next time, let’s remember understanding God is the point of purpose…see you next time for part 6.

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