STOP FENCING YOURSELF IN
In 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 (TMB), we read: “We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way… Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively!”
We didn’t fence you in. This statement forces us to change the way we look at life. Blame is one of those things that make us feel good about ourselves. When we blame others for what has or hasn’t happened in our lives, it means it wasn’t our fault. It means that we don’t have to do anything to change. But the phrase “we didn’t fence you in” strips us of our right to blame others. God wants us to know that no one can fence us in; no one can force us to live small lives. Other people’s actions don’t have the power to define the kind of life we’re going to live.
The smallness you feel comes from within you. This is a little hard to accept…but it’s true. Our lives aren’t the result of what’s been said about us or done to us. Our lives are the result of what’s in us, coming out of us. We may feel that we’re living small lives because of our circumstances, but the truth is that our lives are the result of who we are on the inside…not by what happens around us on the outside.
Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. This statement is full of hope! No matter what you look like on the outside, or how you feel about yourself on the inside, the truth is that God did not create you to live a small life. He created you in His image, after His likeness. You’re not small or insignificant because God isn’t. God has deposited so much inside of us. In fact, His Holy Spirit lives with us. We’re BIG on the inside…which means we can live BIG on the outside.
Open up your lives! Each of us have a unique purpose given to us by God. Open yourself up the possibilities that God wants to use your life for something big. And “big” doesn’t mean measuring up the person next door or on TV. “Big” means what God has for you. So stop comparing yourself to someone else. The moment you realize who God designed you to be…you won’t want to be anyone else but yourself!
[We will be releasing our second 90-Day Challenge in the coming weeks, including a new Bible Reading Plan. Until then, in celebration of Easter, we will be encouraging you to read through various chapters from God's Word.]
Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 21