Be YouSomeone once said “Being yourself is the easiest thing to do.  The most difficult thing is to be what other people want you to be.”

I think there is some truth to that.

Likewise, the greatest sin is to allow ourselves to become what others want us to be.  Each of us is unique – we are originals, no one else is like us.  Each of us has a destiny in store for us – planned by God and waiting for us.  To ignore that future – to not claim it as uniquely one’s own – is to deny one’s uniqueness and potential for greatness for God.

Too many folks are simply too proud to admit they need God (we’ve all been there!); too egotistical to believe they need God’s guidance in life (been there, too); too close-minded to even believe in God.  They believe they can become something other than what God has created them to be.  And perhaps they can…and do.  But, ultimately, they – and we – must pay the price for not claiming their own God-given gifts and trying to become something other than what God created them to be.

The same is true for a church.  A church tries to become something it is not – tries to become like huge, old “Main Street Church,” with all its ministries and mission work, activities and small groups, instead of claiming its own unique God-given ministry where they are.  And often, the result is frustration and failure, disillusionment and loss of hope.

But the Good News is that anyone – or any church – can be effective in ministry if only he or she will simply claim the unique gifts and abilities given by God.

So, it is true that the greatest temptation is to be someone other that what God has created you go be.  True also is the statement that the easiest thing it so be yourself – as God created you to be.  The most difficult – and often most tragic – thing is to be something or someone other that what God calls us to be.