Who do you make yourself out to be? (Part II)
Hello all of Vivi Freitas’ blog readers. We are back and I would like to continue on Wednesday’s topic. “Who you make yourself out to be?”
“Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.” (John 8: 56-59)
How interesting! Sometimes you want to be close to friends, family, colleagues, school or church, but forget about all the examples we have in the Bible. You focus only on your “world”. See how we, humans, are small-minded! We listen, watch series about men of God of the past, and we admire them, but when it comes for us to face similar situations like rejection, we become sad, overwhelmed or insecure. We let our heart be filled with none sense.
The Lord Jesus, Son of God, came to give His life for me and for you by making Himself into human likeness, He lived what we live to teach us. To become close to us, and yet He was not accepted! They picked up stones to throw at Him because of His teachings.
Another example: Joseph who lived among his brothers, whom was loved more by his father was rejected. He had a difficult life as a slave, away from his family. But God honored him!
We talked on Wednesday about the glory of God and how honor comes from the Father, but many hope to impose this honor through behaviors that would make them be appreciated. They are looking to please everyone to gain something in return. They seek glory and appreciation from others. They do not seek the glory of God or to serve Him!
When we serve God we tell the truth, even if it hurts, like the Lord Jesus did with the Jews. Though they did not understand anything He did not postpone or avoid speaking the truth. Even though they did not believe Him and rejected Him, He was and always will be the same!
Although a person rejects God, He will always be of noble spirit! God does not change His behavior or who He is because someone does not accept Him.
When the person is one with God, they make an effort every day to get closer to Him even though they have many years in the Church. No matter whom they are or were God is their priority. Do you want to honor God and be honored in this world?
There is a difference! God is the One that honors you.
When Joseph became the governor of Egypt, it was God who made who put Him there. When a person is placed in a certain situation, it was God who permits them to be there.
Jesus was the Son of God, but was not placed as a king in a palace. He walked among the poor. However, by no means did He cease to be with God, even though He was not accepted by others. And that’s what I want to draw your attention to: Perhaps you are being persecuted at home by your family, or you are the only Christian in your school or college, the only one that speaks of the things of God and lives in faith amongst your friends, and sometimes you think of changing your way of being to please the “Greeks and Trojans”! But who makes you, glorifies, exalts, and honors you is God! This honor gives you true pleasure!
I will tell you a little about myself: Long ago, I was taking care of two children for a period of three years whom I did not get custody of. I renounced them not because I am “powerful” and even God asked me for this and I did not want to, I went up to the altar and gave them up with tears. I gave my future because it hurt to think I was not going to have the children I planned to take care of with me. Fourteen years have passed since I gave them up, in which I never even thought of asking for them back.
Earlier this year, I said to God: “I have served You since I realized who I truly was, I fixed my mistakes, and assumed my faith in truth. I have become closer to You and had experiences with the Lord and served You with all my strength.
The Lord knows that I have never asked for myself, or have served in order to receive glory, or to be recognized by others. I did it with the only interest in saving souls, taking people out of the pit and to have the life that the Lord made me to have. I have not sought personal honor, but I have this issue … and the Lord is “owing me”! The situation of those children who were once with me is like this… You are not being glorified; there is no definition… I want to see Your glory this year! ”
14 years passed, and one of the children got in touch with us and said he wanted to come and stay with us. He is 21 years old, of legal age, and came back as a non-believer, possessed, and without knowing God. At first it was like living the past, the first month I had so many internal conflicts.
I put something in first place … God! And after a month of being with him, I placed him in God’s hands without fear, believing that God would reveal His glory. Within a month he was baptized, and in three months he was baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Today, he wants to serve God! He is the son of my dreams that I never imagined I could have.
When you give to God and put Him in first place He is not indifferent to you, but gives you the best! I have joy and gladness. He gives me much joy and is very special! Louis is a child that came from God and I am sure that God will do through him greater things!
I just wanted to share with you a piece of this story maybe one day I will write about this beautiful story where God has acted and is glorified!
See you on Monday. Until then!