Today we will begin sharing one chapter of the book, “Being: A 30-Day Guide to Being Who God Created You to Be. If you would like to order the book or the audio book go to our Store. If you would like to book Corey Tabor to come speak to your group go to Booking. We pray that the public release of the book on our blog will bless you daily as you learn to be who God created you to be.
Being who God made you to be
Do you remember learning as a child the value of self-actualization? I am sure you did not know how to say, or pronounce, the word, but you were consistently asked the fundamental question of self-actualization – “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The question was a trick question. Because while being asked what you wanted to be, you were really being asked, “What do you want to do that will earn you a living so you can get off your parent’s tab?”
We spend our entire lives meeting people and asking the question, “What do you do for a living?” So many people are productive, driven, seemingly successful, and yet unhappy because they have been answering the wrong question all along. The best question to ask is not “What do you do for a living?” but rather, “What are you being as you live?” You can have a job that pays well, but does not allow you to fulfill your purpose.
Once you learn how to be who God created you to be, you can learn how to do what God created you to do out of your being.
Read Luke 10:38-42
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
In this passage we read about Mary and Martha, who are two sisters who sincerely love Jesus. Martha chose to do something for Jesus by making preparations for Him to be in her home, while Mary chose to be with Jesus to make preparations for what she would eventually do. Later in Scripture, we read of Mary giving one of the greatest sacrificial gifts described in the Bible. She poured a jar of perfume on Jesus that was equal to the value of a year’s wages, because she had been with Jesus instead of just doing for Jesus. Mary gave a gift that was a reflection of her generosity, a gift birthed in a personal relationship defined by being with Christ. Similarly, what we do will flow out of who we are.
Earlier this year, I was leaving to go to work one day when a woman I had never met before asked me, “Do you ever slow down?” I was shocked at her candor and boldness. I was embarrassed of my lifestyle because though she had never met me, she knew me through observation from afar. I immediately began to defend myself, listing all the reasons I needed to live at the pace I was living. She answered, “I used to run the rat race too. About two years ago, I just had to make a decision to slow
down.” With that, she left me alone to my own thoughts and drove away.
Driving down the freeway, I could not seem to get her question out of my mind. I knew that God was trying to tell me something, but I was not ready to listen. So, when I arrived at work, one of my co-workers asked me, “Why are you here? You are not going to get anything done. Go home!” So after 30 minutes of driving home thinking about the second conversation, I knew God was trying to tell me something and I started to listen.
That infamous day began a season of involuntary rest through the vehicle of burnout and fatigue. I could not think, I could not produce, and I could not function. My mind, body and spirit were burned out from living a Martha lifestyle. I was waking up at 6:00am and working until 12:00am trying to balance marriage, ministry and school. This Martha lifestyle kept me from sitting at the feet of Jesus. After six weeks of lying on my back, living from the bed to the couch, I finally learned that God is more concerned about who I am than what I can do for Him. I learned that being God’s son is more important to my identity than being God’s servant. This book is a response to my new life in Christ – being instead of doing.
In this book, you will learn to embrace life-changing character qualities that will help you be who God created you to be, so that you can do what God created you to do. Our character is defined by who we are, and who we are enables us to do what we do. For example, being accepted by God allows me to take the risk of sharing my faith. No matter how any individual responds, I am already accepted as God’s child. Being different allows me to celebrate the uniqueness of others. When I know God has created me uniquely, I can embrace His unique creation in others. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Each day you will focus on an attribute that God desires as a supernatural part of your character and you will be empowered by His Spirit to live the life He desires for you.
Each day your devotional guide will provide:
• Focused Scripture Passage
• Devotional Reading
• Personal Reflection Questions
• Today’s Prayer
• Statement of Being
Join me on this 30 day journey to writing your new story of being who God has created you to be.
Let the journey begin . . .