To thy own self be true… It seems right, it feels right and it sounds right. It is not right. Instead, be the man or the woman, the young man or young woman God created you to be. I know what that person is like. He or she is like Jesus. Rather than trying to earn our identity and be accepted by the world around us, we should receive the identity that has been given to us in and through the gospel: we are called sons and daughters of God.
You don't have to suspend reason to believe in the resurrection. The evidence and over 2000 years of experience affirms that Christ did in fact rise from the dead. This confidence gives us assurance that our future is secure--that we will be with Him and we will be like Him. Christ is over all and I have confidence that He was risen for my future.
Jesus made a mission statement: “My purpose is that my sheep will have a rich and satisfying life”. Your purpose is to realize that Life in Him. You can realize it by living in His peace, embracing your purpose by forgetting what is behind and pressing on and tapping into the power of the resurrection that lives in you. I know you feel like you get farther away but you are not. Take heart people of God, Jesus has over come the world. Resurrection power lives in you right now.
You can experience the resurrection today by choosing to place your faith in Jesus Christ. He is risen! He rose for our past to restore you to who He says you are. His son or daughter with all rights and inheritance. He didn’t come to condemn us. Through the blood He shed for us on that cross as a sacrifice we can have new life in Him. This is where mercy and justice meet at the cross.
We all have unmet expectations in our life. Everyone of those affect our relationships. Even our relationship with God. We can slip into contract living. What I called capitalistic Christianity. Some of us have lost our joy. Some even our reason for living. Some have bitterness and resentment toward God because he didn’t do the things, we thought He should. You need to confess that. You need to free yourself from that. Sometimes we need willful love toward God. That’s why when we call people to Christ, we called it placing your trust in Him. It is a willful act. We have to choose to trust Him.
If you want God to be proud of you don’t worry about your past, the slop you have been in, where you came from. Don’t worry about your struggle with this or that. Don’t worry about the fact that you don’t feel acknowledged in the faith or in the church. If your focus, your desire, is on the promise of that heavenly city where God is, I can tell you what God thinks about you—He is proud of you.