There she was brand new, untouched, young in her own right, and one of many, sitting waiting on the showroom floor for the purchase that will change her life forever. She stood still as the purchaser watched her with anticipation. “I’ll take this one” they said. Just like that, she was at home. Her family packed her full of duties and she delivered pridefully with everything she had in her. She lit up every time she was able to satisfy a need and was always full of energy.
After some time her outer glow began to fade, she had taken on so many hits that it was evident all over, inside and out. Her body had so many dents and scratches, her hinges screeched, her screws were loose, and her insides were a total mess, the shelves were broken, her insides were stained and ages of caked on dirt had made it hard to envision where she had started from. She suffered through so many insults and threats, to get rid of her. They said she was nothing, not good enough, she would never be better, she can’t give them what they need anymore, she was a horrible site to see, they were embarrassed to see her everytime they walked into their kitchen. She was a constant reminder that there was no saving her; she just had to go.
Her lights grew dim. She was stuck in a situation she could not control. Her path was not by choice, her place was pre-determined at purchase, and her spot reserved. This is, who she is; her real self, her true self. A self shaped by her environment, a self that forced unconscious reactions governed by triggers that shaped her feelings and way of thinking. A self built on bondage and not promise. A self destined to a lonely death without hope. How could her creator create her so beautiful and with such potential, only to realize that her service to others will place her as a slave to what she could not change and unrecognizable to herself. There was only one thing left for her; for something without a future; The trash.
So they stripped her of their belongings, unplugged her, replaced her and toted her outside. On their way out a man stopped them and said, “where are you going with that refrigerator?” “To the trash!” they said. “I’ll take her”, the man stated. “If that’s what you want sir”, they replied. They put down the refrigerator at his feet, and went their way.
A second chance… Really. Why her, she was no use to anyone. She ran her race, she did her time, what more could there be in store for her? “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.” John 11:25-27.
Jesus says that he comes that we may have life and not just have life, but have it more abundantly (John 10:10). When people says, “just be yourself” They are in essence saying to just stay in bondage. Why? Because, being ourselves is what the world has made out of us. It is how our environment has shaped us based on our experiences. The way we are, the way we think, the words we say, how we act and react, our attitude in life, even the way we walk. All these things and more create who we are. But it is not by choice. That is what God calls bondage. What is bondage? It is simply to be/exist without choice.
Who we are, may be a depressed person, a suicidal person, a murderer, a rapist, a drug addict, a liar, a bipolar person, a molester, a narcissist, etc. It is not who God has created us to be but rather a product of this world; a product of pain, trauma, regret, etc. To most of these realities, for many there is no cure, there is only the Imposter who has taken over their minds, their hearts and therefore their lives. The bible says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2. Jesus is the Key to the lock of our minds that will allow us to overcome the Imposter.
Jesus Christ came to give us that healing, that victory, that renewal, that transformation, and that restoration. Through his sacrifice he exchanged our life for his so that we may not have to be bound by our imposter, but have the freedom to walk in the light and in his life. But we can’t have it both ways.
Through his word he has given us access to read our own instruction manual (The Bible) that he has given us as a guide to an abundant life in Christ to be able to pattern ourselves in the manner in which he created us to be.
Now, how many creations do you know, that are able to do that?