Have you ever had the wanna be's? I went to the Great Physician with my symptoms recently and His remedy was amazing.
Lord, I wanna be known. I mean, I don't want to be Oprah Winfrey, but I want people to know who I am - not just who I profess to be - but to know the real me. I want to be greeted at parties with welcome hugs and waves across the room. I don't want to be the person in the corner wondering if I fit in or if I know anyone here. I don't just want name recognition (although that might be nice) or face recognition. I'm longing for something deeper. I want to be KNOWN.
Lord, I wanna be successful. I want everything I do to be worthwhile. I want to sense that I have a purpose and that I'm fulfilling that purpose. I don't have to be Bill Gates, but I'd like to just see that my labor is fruitful, that it's making a difference somehow, somewhere.
Lord, I wanna be accepted. In the big High School dance floor of life, I want to belong somewhere. I want to have a niche of friends who accept me for who I am and call me one of their own. I don't want to be shunned because I am different from the crowd or looked down upon because of my uniqueness. I just want to be accepted and belong.
And the Great Physician pulled out His prescription pad and wrote out three separate prescriptions for this case of the wanna be's.
1Corinthians 13:12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
I am already KNOWN, by the most important Being in the universe. He knows every hair upon my head, every thought in my mind and everything I have every done. He knows me intimately! Why do I care if anyone else in this world knows who I am when the Almighty God knows me?
Joshua 1:7-8 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
And God has not only promised success if I will live in obedience to His ways, He has also promised that He would provide the means to be obedient through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
Rom 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
I am accepted by God - who knows my weaknesses and inadequacies. He accepts me into His family and gives me a place to belong: in His arms.