Royal Identity Week 3 – Virtual Reality
Virtual reality headsets, Have you ever seen someone wearing a pair of them ?
They look kinda funny.
Moving around fighting invisible objects like Neo from The Matrix movies.
They look ridiculous to us, but they can see something that we can’t.
Heck yes! You holler.
What if you could jump into a time machine and go back a few years, what’s the one piece of advice you’d give yourself?
If I could give my younger self one piece of advice it would be this:
“Don’t doubt your ability to make a difference.”
We all want to know our purpose.
And we hope God has cleaned the long lenses of His Heavenly Virtual Reality goggles.
Because He sees your beginning to your end.
It would be great if a blueprint of your purpose floated down from Heaven and you could look at it and go, “Oh thanks God, I know exactly what to do now.”
But that’s not how God works.
Before God tells you your purpose, He tells you who you are first.
“God has to establish your identity before you can fulfil your purpose.”
I’ll give you a few examples:
In Genesis 17 God appears before a 99 year old Abram and tells him he’s going to be ‘a father of many nations’ and he changes his name to Abraham.
Before Esther became Queen and saved her people from Haman’s terrible plot to destroy them all, her uncle called her Hadassah.
And who could forget Simon Bar – Jonah in Matthew 16:18? Jesus tells him, “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”
Abram became Abraham.
Hadassah became Queen Esther.
Simon Bar –Jonah became Peter.
Are you getting the idea?
Before any of them fulfilled they’re purpose, they were given a new identity.
Now, I’m not saying that you need a name change to fulfil your purpose; plenty of other people in the Bible did great things without their name being changed.
Joseph had dreams way before they became true.
Gideon was hiding in a winepress when God told him he was a ‘mighty man of valor.’
And Moses listened to a voice from a burning bush.
That’s the thing about God; He likes to mix the identity thing up a little bit.
And when He’s established your identity, THEN you can walk towards your purpose with confidence.
We tend to want to know our purpose before our identity.
And that’s like putting the cart before the horse.
God wants you to ‘hear’ your identity first because then you’ll ‘see’ your purpose.
The path you take towards your purpose will not always be smooth my friend, and you may have to climb a few mountains and go through a few valleys to reach it. You will probably be on a mountain top one week and find yourself wading through the trenches another.
I know because I’m doing the journey towards my purpose too!
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God ‘sees’ your future and it is good, even when your circumstances say something completely different.
…EVEN WHEN YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES SAY SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
Sorry, I just needed that to sink in.
That’s where your faith kicks in and you grit your teeth and hang in there.
So ask God to tell you your identity.
And you will ‘see’ your purpose become clearer.
Because my internet buddy, you have sooo got this!
So I’ll leave you with this question;
If you could hop into a time machine, what would be the one piece of advice you’d give to your younger self?