When my friend Cassia asked me if I wanted to write an article for her blog, I had no idea what to write about. And honestly I’m still not sure, I just thought I started writing 😀
My name is Jacqueline and I met Cassia last year at Bible College. I don’t remember how we first started talking, but I do know that the topic we bonded over most was identity and our different view on things.
In church, or generally as Christians, we can easily feel pressured to have a certain worldview and opinion on topics – even when it’s not something we have a strong conviction about.
I went on a journey last year to discover the importance of our own identity, our own opinions, values and preferences. God didn’t make us the way we are, with all our quirks and personalities, just so we can turn around and become sheep, simply doing, liking, and saying the same things as the other Christians in our church. There are different people in every church, in every organisation, in every company, because if there wasn’t, nothing would get done. Like what St. Paul said in 1 Corinthians: “If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?” (12:17)
Do you remember the story of Mary and Martha in the Bible? Martha wanted Mary to do the same things she was doing to serve Jesus, to stand in the kitchen and prepare food. But the thing Mary needed to get closer to God was to sit at His feet and listen to the stories He told.
It’s the same with us. We all are created with a different understanding of God’s character, of worship and of serving Him best. Some people connect with God best in a room full of people, others in music, in silence or in nature. Of course we shouldn’t fixate on what we like best, in the kingdom of God, we always need to be open to learning and be flexible. But we need to be sure of who we are and what we need to be close to Him. Without that knowledge, we can’t serve our purpose, we will never reach our full potential.
I guess the thing I want you to remember from this blog entry is, that you have permission to be yourself! You have permission to serve in the area you feel called to and most comfortable in. You have permission to worship the way you need and connect to God how you can best, if that’s in public or private is nobody’s business. Your character and convictions are between you and God. No one else.
Go on a journey to discover and learn and to love how God created the one and only person who is: you.