My husband and I on various occasions have had the privilege to meet several well known ministers in the Spanish Christian community. But there are a few that we not only have met, but can say that we have gotten to know them, and their families. One of these is a well known recording artist and pastor.
A while ago we found his Facebook account and made him our “Facebook Friend.” We wrote to him asking about how his family was, and he never responded. At first we thought for sure someone who works for him must run the account, but we began to notice that his posts and the things he said were out of character and things we could not imagine came from him. So we asked and with the responses we have received we are now convinced that the account was not made or controlled by him or any of his staff.
It is simply someone who took pictures and information he found on the internet and created an account to make people believe he is someone he is not. So for the past few days my husband and I have been asking him to stop speaking for someone when he has not received permission or the authority to do so. And we have been posting to all those who write to him so that they will not fall into the trap.
How many of us are guilty of the same thing? Wanting to be someone great and forgetting that God wants to make US into something great. Trying to be like our pastor’s wife, or to sing like that famous artist, or to be as beautiful as that famous model, or to write books like so and so, or to preach like the minister we see on TV. We can get so caught up in trying to be like the Christians in the spotlight, that we lose our chance to shine for what God has made us to be. We can spend our lives trying to be an eye when God has called us to be an ear. If you desire to do great things for Christ that is awesome! But do the great things He has planned for YOU not the things he is already doing through someone else. You have a specific place in the body where God desires to use you to your greatest potential. Seek out what place that is and don’t risk loosing it by dedicating yourself to the calling or identity of someone else.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
1 Corinthians 12:14-20
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10