Key Verse: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,” – Romans 12:1
We become who God meant us to be by giving ourselves completely to Him.
I never actually had the opportunity to watch the “Royal Wedding” between Prince William and Kate, but I’m encouraged to read what was spoken to them during their wedding by the Bishop of London. He quoted these words from St. Catherine of Siena: “Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.” Those words can preach a sermon all by themselves, but he goes on to exhort them to “pursue a love that finds its center beyond themselves.”
There are two great truths that if we keep these in mind they will help us to become the person God meant us to be. They are…
(1) God’s great love for us was expressed in the sacrifice of Jesus.
(2) God’s desire is that we find life’s greatest joy and transformation in our relationship with Him.
Let’s talk about this in personal terms okay. Everyone always wants to write about how God loved the world, but I want you to see that God’s much more personal than that. God loved YOU so much that He gave Himself to be sacrificed in the person of Jesus Christ. So, the next time you read the most famous passage of scripture in the Bible. Try reading it this way…”For God so loved (insert your name here), that he gave his only begotten Son, so that (insert your name here) would believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
You and I are the apple of God’s eye. You and I above all things (except Jesus) were His greatest creation, His greatest joy, and the sole reason for going to the Cross was so that you and I would know just how valuable we are to Him. His desire is that we experience things like joy, peace, rest, and love. His desires are to bless us beyond what we can comprehend. His desire is to have the same kind of relationship with you and I as He had with Adam and Eve, and even Enoch. God had such a wonderful relationship with Enoch that the Bible says God just took Enoch to heaven. That’s the kind of relationship that He desires to have with each of us.
The title of this message is “Who You’re Meant To Be”. I used to think that I couldn’t possibly be used in ministry because I couldn’t ever really live the kind of live that Billy Graham has lived. I am not as good a teacher as Charles Stanley, and I don’t put together sermons like Dr. David Jeremiah. I could never preach with as much conviction and fire as Jimmy Swaggart. I am not a great prayer person like Paula White is. I don’t have the illustrations and power and authority that I see in TD Jakes. Heck, I look at my own pastors, and see that they have a relationship with God far superior to mine. But the truth is God didn’t call me to be Billy Graham, Jimmy Swaggart, David Jeremiah, Charles Stanley, TD Jakes, Paula White, or even Cass Hill…God called me to be Bryan J. Kizer.
You know, it’s easy some times to look at others that are where your trying to get to, and feel discouraged. I do all the time, but that’s when a message like this is necessary to remind us that God didn’t call us or design us to be anyone else…He designed, destined, and called us to be who we’re meant to be.
Who are you meant to be? Remember that the key to finding out is to first start by giving ourselves completely to God, and allow Him to conform us to the image that He wants us to have.