Today is the final entry into this three post series. In case you missed it Part 1 happened when my passion to see people overcome life’s difficulties and fulfill their purpose was
rekindled set on fire by a post on Twitter that continues to perpetuate a false belief the enemy wants women to believe. The false belief that they are no good, a sack of crap basically. In that post we talked about the tweet (pictured below) and the lie that the enemy is perpetuating because of misinterpretations of scripture and not a full understanding of how God has made in his image – mind, body and spirit. In Part 2, with the mind, body and spirit distinction from Part 1, we tackled the primary two scriptures that are often misinterpreted to tell people they are a no good sack of crap: Romans 7:18-20 and Isaiah 64:6.
Today I want to turn our attention to the truth. The truth that you are good. And it is with this goodness that God has placed inside of you that Christ intends for you to change the world. As I mentioned in part 2 I am not denying that we don’t have the capacity to do bad or that there aren’t evil people in the world. However, even Christ himself recognized that there are good people filled with good qualities doing good things.
The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. Matthew 12:35 ESV
And I believe if you are a believer in Christ that you are one of those good people created to change the world.
In keeping with the thread that runs throughout this series – that we are made in the image of God: mind, body & spirit – I want to look at the good that exists in each of those realms.
Our spirit is who we are and for the believer it is where we become one with the Holy Spirit. God has gifted our spirits with special gifts, talents, strengths and unique personalities. These were gifts that were with us since he knit us together in our mothers womb. It is in the spirit where our greatness lies. If you have every been touched by a beautiful piece of art, a commercial that makes you smile, in awe of a building standing in its glory after centuries or in wonder of the interworking of your computer – you have experienced the work of someone working from their spirit. Working from a place of authenticity and gifting. It is because of individuals willingness to discover and develop the goodness that God has placed inside of them that this world is such a wonderful and amazing place. Let me give you a quick example. Susan Boyle at age 47, a self proclaimed unemployed cat lady from a small village in Scotland tries out Britain’s Got Talent. Her modest and somewhat homely demeanor had many whispers and eyes rolling as she took the stage in 2009. Using an amazing gift of God she sang that day. And by the end of her performance she received a standing ovation. A year later this previous nobody was singing before the Pope of England. Confirmation of God’s word! Now I’m not sure what your gift is. It may not be as easily identifiable as singing or painting but I do know this. God has placed many good gifts inside of you and when you seek to find them and develop them they will take you places you never thought possible. And when you use them for good and to bring glory to the Father – you my good friend can change the world!
Your Mind is how you think. It is the seat of all thoughts and emotion. It is where you have tremendous power to create, problem solve, strategize and develop a plan. All really good things by the way. And due to our gifts, our life experiences, our education and many other factors each of our minds think differently. It is the minds of good people that have given us the automobile, the computer, indoor plumbing and the list goes on. Our mind is the pivot point for whether the good that God has placed in our spirits and the promptings of his Holy Spirit take flight or whether we focus on the doing of our bodies. A mind focused on the doings of the flesh results in life – boredom, no energy, lack. A mind focused on the Spirit results in life and peace.
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 ESV
It is why we are commanded to take our thoughts captive. Take the good thoughts, good ideas and good plans that come from a place of your Spirit and begin to focus your doings there.
Our body is what we do. It’s eating, drinking, exercising, working, serving, giving and every doing thing you can think of. We can do a million good things in our life time – give to the poor, feed the homeless, solve complex problems at work, help our neighbor – yet we are not operating from our spirit it won’t matter a hill of beans for eternity.
To close I want to remind you that you are good. You have value. God
- Values you more than a sheep (Matthew 12:9-14)
- Values you more than the birds of the air (Matthew 6:28)
God values you so much he gave the price of his son Christ in exchange for an eternity with you. Your heavenly Father loves you so very much, he has created you so very good and for a specific purpose. A good purpose. He created you to change the world! So don’t believe anyone when they tell you that you are no good, a sack of crap. It’s just not true…cuz a sack of crap won’t change the world! And you my good friend are destined to do just that!