Joe Duke | 9/25/16
Series: Honest to God
Series Part No: 2
Most of us want to appear better than we really are. That means who we are on the outside and who we are on the inside might not match. When we’re reluctant to be transparent with God this is especially destructive to our spiritual progress. It’s easy to hide behind a mask instead of being real and authentic. When we discover more about God’s loving plan for us, we can more easily take off the mask and be the person God meant us to be.
You can never be “honest to God” if you’re wearing a mask and pretending to be someone you’re not. An honest relationship with God not only involves getting to know God but also getting to know yourself. Life takes on a completely new perspective when you are becoming the person God made you to be.
For further thought and discussion:
- Why is it so important for you to understand who God made you to be? How does hiding behind a mask prevent you from becoming the person God wants you to be?
- Thomas Merton said, “There is only one problem on which all my existence, my peace, and my happiness depend: to discover myself in discovering God. If I find Him I will find myself and if I find my true self I will find Him.” Put into your own words what it means for you to find God and find yourself.
- One of the traps preventing self-discovery is comparison. Read 2 Corinthians 10:12. Why is comparison so destructive? What is the alternative to comparison?
- You have been given one life to live. Why should we consider life to be a precious stewardship? What would you say are the five most important things in life?
- Jesus had the unshakable confidence that He was loved by His Father. Read Matthew 3:16-17. What did the Father say about Jesus immediately following His baptism? Why is your personal assurance of God’s love vital in understanding the person He made you to be?
- Part of understanding who God made you to be involves your vocation (calling). This is more than your job. What have you been born to do?
- You will only be held responsible by God for the things God has given you to do. Read Matthew 25:14-30. How does this parable help you focus your life and priorities?
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