“We saw that God can show us what our buried aptitudes are, what our proclivities are, what we were made to do. As we let God remove that which we are not, and as we hear and try to be in fact what we potentially are, then we’ll be more authentic.” J. Keith Miller, A Hunger For Healing
Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” The word for ‘perfect’ used here does not mean ‘perfect’ in the Greco-Roman sense of flawlessness, however. Instead it means ‘congruent with oneself’, or authentic. God is completely congruent with Himself; He is completely authentic. He is nothing more or less than what He is. Perhaps that’s why He chooses to identify himself as I AM, and nothing more. Thus my goal as a disciple of Christ is to imitate His perfection…not a flawless perfection (which is impossible for me) but instead an authentic perfection.
I must allow God to show me who I am and what my aptitudes are. I think He is doing this with my current job, in fact. For years I told myself I was no good at math, that I was a bad analyst, that I needed to find a new career because I would never succeed in my chosen career. Then God took me out of my addiction, got me some sobriety, and revealed to me that I am a very good, analytical thinker. I understand how math can solve real-world problems, and I am good at using formulas to solve business problems. God has shown me that some of my other gifts include public speaking and leadership, things which I denied were talents of mine until recently.
I don’t know what I was ‘made to do’, though I ask God to reveal my purpose almost every day. What I do know is that I need to be more authentic every day and allow God to reveal to me who and what I am.
Who is your authentic self? What do you think God made you to do?