Be Yourself

It's interesting to consider Jesus' comparison of Solomon and the common field lily. Jesus' audience, no doubt aware of Solomon's splendor described in 2 Chronicles 9, must have listened with wonder when Jesus said, "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin...even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these" (Matt. 6:28, 29)

The little lily, simply being what it was created to be, did not toil nor spin to impress others. Yet, as a simple expression of God's creation, its glory exceeded that of Solomon, the most magnificent king. 

God took no less care when He created us. Although we may feel that we are no more than a common field flower, we can be confident that God would say that even Solomon with all his man-made glories cannot compare with the beauty He sees in us.

God loves each of the unique personalities He made, and He wants to express Himself through each one. We don't need to feel intimidated by another's ability or personality. It may be right for them, but for us it may be Goliath's armor. God allowed David to do what he was comfortable doing.

Perhaps we are never more ourselves than when we are listening to and responding to the Spirit. When we are free from self-consciousness we can live with a God-consciousness enabling us to comfortably "be ourselves."

Dear God, help us to allow You to freely express Yourself through us with no self-focus. 

"If we live the by the (Holy) Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit-If by the (Holy) Spirit we have our life [in God], let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit" (Gal. 5:25Amplified).