The Last Curtain Call

Wisdom is Being Real in a World of Performance and Illusion

Luke 16:15 – And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.17922519_s

What is it that makes us want to perform to win the approval of man?  Why is it that we want to stand out and be seen as special and gifted?  What defines us and gives us identity?

Is it our hobbies, our careers, our creations, our accomplishments or our fantasies that define us?  When given opportunity, do we try to impress others with what we have done, who we know, what family we belong to, what unique circumstances we can attach ourselves to?  Are we always trying to make sure others know how special we really are?

Are we caught in a performance driven mindset that will never satisfy.  Are we doomed to keep trying to spin the next exciting detail to embellish our ordinary lives so others OOOH and AAAH!  The attention satisfies, but does not still the restlessness inside that needs more attention, more validation, more , more, more….

The wonderful thing about being a Christian, is that God provided GRACE to free us from having to perform.  When we understand GRACE, we understand that we have made our last curtain call.  There is no need to perform, to be accepted and validated by God.  He wants us to find a cure for our restlessness and constant search for purpose by clothing ourselves in the identity of Christ.    No more need to impress, or charm, or persuade.  No more need to prove our worth.   When God looks at the Christian…..he sees Christ.  Christ becomes our identity, and no human performance can ever top that!

Ephesians 2:4-9 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

As a Christian, saved by GRACE, clothed in the identity of CHRIST…..I must no longer find my identity in worldly things.  My talents, my hobbies, my career, and my experiences are important facets of who I am. There is nothing wrong with being gifted, talented or having special things to share, but my focus must be on pleasing God and not on trying to impress man.

Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

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So, get off the stage of human performance, for one day all of those seats will be empty.  Focus on what counts for eternity, and on your identity as a Child of God.

 

PRAYER FOR YOU: May you find rest and security in your identity in Christ.  May you no longer feel the need to perform for others, but place your focus on God and seeking His will.  May you rejoice always in being A Child Of God, and know that you do not have to earn that special privilege, but just accept his precious gift of Grace.

Lizzie black
Additonal Reading/Scriptures About Identity and Grace:
http://centralityofthegospel.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/my-identity-in-christ/http://www.freedomchurchofgod.com/MYIDENTITYINJESUS/DeclarationScriptures.aspx#.UcZl3fnVCSo
http://www.prayers-for-special-help.com/bible-verses-on-grace.html#axzz2X0OdRqn4

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About Grace and Grit

As a Christian, to live the abundant life, we all need a lot of grace and grit... LIVING LIFE AND LUV'N IT...as God's Child, Wife, Mother, Physical Therapist, Fitness Enthusiast, Avid Book And Blog Reader, and fan of Lighthearted Humor and Fun “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

Posted on June 22, 2013, in Wisdom and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Oh this is so good. I love the line “When we understand GRACE, we understand that we have made our last curtain call.” I too have learned that I don’t have to bow down to man’s demands but only serve 1 God.
    Blessings,
    Following you from Faith Filled Fridays.
    Janis http://www.janiscox.com

    • Thanks, Janis! I visited your site and was very impressed with your watercolor pieces and book. What caught my attention most, however, was your sister site about prayer. Prayer has become an intriguing thing to me… Had to join!

  2. centralityofthegospel

    Hi, Saw you stopped by my BLOG. Your verse: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 is my life verse.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    http://centralityofthegospel.wordpress.com/

    Jon

  3. This is so very good! And much needed! I missed this on our link -up. It must have been while I was on vacation. Hope all is well.

    God bless you Lizzy!

Would graciously luv to hear from you.

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