Be Weird.

  
John the Baptist was weird but highly thought of. He faithfully fulfilled what God had called him to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.

He was unique, the work God gave him to do was unique and he faithfully did it. 

More than once John was asked if he was the Messiah. 

He replied with this:

“A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:27-28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

John the Baptist knew who he was and he knew who he wasn’t – he was not Jesus. 

There is only one Savior and it is Jesus Christ.

You are not tasked with saving people, that is Jesus’ job(and He is good at it).

Your job is to faithfully point people to Jesus. 

Knowing who you are and who you are not is vital in carrying out your own God-given assignment. 

When God lays a burden on your heart, it will always be bigger than you and it will be something only He can do through you.

Humility is NOT about being painfully aware of all the things you can’t do, it is the ability to know who you are and who you are not

It is about faithfully fulfilling the assignment God has given you, whether for 2 people or 10,000, without trying to be someone you are not or function in gifts God has not given you.

Pride traps you in perpetual misery about all the things you can’t do and about all the gifts you don’t have. 

Humility sets you free to do what God had called you to do without looking to others in envy or for acceptance.

Be weird. Be humble. 
Faithfully point people to Jesus.

“He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:30‬ ‭NLT‬‬

The War

  
There is a war for the direction of your imagination, your thoughts. 

A battle for your ability to imagine your day, your tomorrow, your future. A war for the direction of your thoughts and your ability to imagine your relationships, your job, your home life. 

The ability to imagine is a gift or a curse depending on the foundation of that imagination.

Many people believe that you can’t control your thoughts or the direction of them but that is not true:

“For those who live according to the flesh have their outlook shaped by the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit have their outlook shaped by the things of the Spirit. 

For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace,”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:5-6‬ ‭NET‬‬

The imagination nourished by the Spirit of God is life and peace. 

The imagination anchored to the flesh is fear and death.

You get to choose. You have free will and God will never take it from you.

What you think, how you think,
is up to you.

You can go the way of your nature, of your personality, of your circumstances, of your experiences in this world, and follow them all the way down to hopelessness,

Or

You can go the way of Jesus and surrender to the Spirit of God, His nature, His power, His perspective on your circumstances and follow Him all the way to a supernatural peace that passes all understanding. 

This is not about creating your future with positive thoughts.  This is about consciously choosing to fix your mind on Jesus Christ and allowing Him to change your outlook. 

“Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NET‬‬

In Jesus, God gives you access to His thoughts and His ways.

“But we have the mind of Christ.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:16‬ ‭NET‬‬

Where is your head today? 

Surrender your thoughts, your imagination to Jesus and allow Him to fill it with His thoughts towards you. 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

His power, your mind.