“Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – the good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2).
“Just be yourself.”
That’s the mantra of our world. It is so affirming. It is so encouraging. It sounds so kind.
The problem is that this is a lie. This is deception at the very core. This idea is the propagation of the devil.
If human beings are good, holy, kind, loving, giving, wise, true then it would be great to “Just be yourself.” But if this is who we are, God would never have had to send his Son to die for sinners. This negates the need for a Savior.
However, if human beings are wicked, sinful, selfish, liars, murderous, jealous then it would be an absolute disaster to “Just be yourself.”
If we are honest with ourselves, when we get quiet and have the opportunity to examine our hearts and thoughts, we come face to face with the truth that the Bible says about our core identity – we are sinners in need of a Savior.
While the mantra of the devil is “Just be yourself,” the scriptures remind us, “Be like Christ.”
Repent. Turn away from sin. Turn away from self. Turn to Christ. Pursue Christ.
Our hope in this world has always been, continues to be, and will always be Christ and Christ alone.
Christ is our hope.
Don’t fall into the devil’s lie. Our freedom and hope is in pursuing Christ and his righteousness.
Please, don’t ever be just yourself.