Episode #48 God’s Wonderful Works Revealed In You – For the Fun of It
From Today's Episode:
Welcome! We're in our For the Fun of It Series and today's topic is God's Wonderful Works Revealed In You.
Psalm 139:13-14; Philippians 4:8
God, what's something you like about who I am?
Here's the episode transcript
You are uniquely made. You're so unique. There is no one in the world who is quite like you. The things that you enjoy, your quirks and habits, your skill sets, and even the things that make you smile. You are so uniquely made.
Today we're in this series talking with God about things just for the fun of it. And when we think about how we are made and who we are as people, it's really easy to come to God focusing on areas that need work. Areas of repentance where we need to turn around and change our mind and approach him more aligned with his truth. Places where we need to ask for forgiveness and where we need to offer forgiveness to other people. Now, all of these are good. This is good. That's what we do as disciples. We are being transformed into the likeness of Christ. Also, there are things that are unique to you that can be celebrated with God, that can be enjoyed between you and your good father who made you.
Everywhere I look lately, people are talking about personality assessments and I'm not knocking it. I love them. I want them all. I want to know Myers-Briggs and Strengths Finder and my Disc communicator profile and my Enneagram number and my wings, and if you tell me I could take a quiz to know what Disney Princess I am, I want to know that too. I love taking these types of quiz assessments.
I'm always looking to better understand myself, and I enjoy it when I understand something about me and can see how it connects or how it correlates to core beliefs or core aspects of who I am as a person and what makes me unique and how themes, interwoven in who I am, can come out in different expressions that are unique to me. A lot of us are very similar in that way. And God already knows these amazing things about you, and I think God also enjoys celebrating them with us. I'm going to read from Psalm 139:13-14.
The title of Psalm 139 is "Search Me, oh God, and Know My Heart." In verses 13 and 14 says,
"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well."
God knows how we're built. And we who are made by him in his image are wonderfully made. Now, I'm not saying there's not areas for growth or refinement. Of course there are. There definitely are for me. I'm sure there are for you too.
There's also aspects of who you are and of who I am that are worth celebrating and enjoying. There's parts of your character and your personality that make you distinctly you. And so I'm going to read one more verse for us, and it's Philippians 4:8. It says,
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
Whatever means whatever in the original language, and lovely means pleasing. Whatever things, all the things that are true and honorable and just are pleasing, are commendable, are excellent. Think about these things.
And so we get to think about these things, about who we are, these aspects of our personality, these character attributes that have been deposited in us, that have been refined, that are beautiful in who we are.
I have found that sometimes I struggle to talk with God about the things that are lovely or commendable or excellent in me because my self-critic can get too loud. And I know I have past episodes where I talk about bringing God into our self-talk. But sometimes I struggle to talk with him about those things because I'm only focused on work that needs to be done in the world or in me, or things that need to be changed, things that need to be improved upon. And I miss out on the opportunities to reflect on the good that God has already done in my life, or the good in how he crafted me to be, to celebrate the unique way that God made me.
And so, if you can relate, I encourage you to talk with God about those struggles. We get to think about these things because scripture tells us to. Also, we get to talk with God about them just for the fun of it.
So, here's our question today:
God, what's something you like about who I am?
Have a good talk.
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