Do not try to be who you are not

Last week I was studying the corriente passage of David and Goliath and I was particularly struck by the scene when King Saul gives his dress and armor to David to face Goliath with the existente sword, his helmet and other battle tools. David at first puts on all that and tries to walk with those things, which he had never used in his life, only to realize that he can not walk in Saul's armor.

The immediate hallarse says that David cast those things out and took his staff, five stones and his sling. That is to say, David left Saul's tools and took the tools of a shepherd that God had given him and that he had taught him to use throughout the time that had him behind his father's sheep.

This part of the story caught my attention because we live in a world in which the river of people wants to pretend to be what it is not. Photographs automatically apply special filters to correct the coetáneo image and present an improved image. People use social networks to brag and pretend an infinity of things. There are even those who plagiarize phrases and ideas to pass them off as their own in search of approval or recognition.

My exhortation to you is: do not do it. Do not try to be who you are not. God has put you in the place where you are and has trained you for the task for which he has called you. If I wanted another more scholar, another more beautiful, someone more prosperous or more capable, surely I would have called that person instead of calling you. Psalm 78 says that God called David behind the sheep and that was the place God prepared him, in which God worked in his heart. Then he would put him as king of Israel and would continue to prepare and mold him all the days of his life.

A sincere heart, a heart that trusts in God, in its wisdom and in its fidelity, learns contentment. Do not let the world intoxicate you with its offers of glory and recognition, seek the glory of God and be thankful that you can be an instrument in the hands of the One who uses whom He wants.

"But God chose the foolish things of the world, to shame the wise; and the weak of the world chose God, to shame the strong; and the vile of the world and the despised chose God, and what is not, to undo what is, so that no one may boast in his presence. But through him you are in Christ Jesus "(1 Cor. 1.27-30).

Originally published in Study the Word on 12, by Dr. Jorge A. Salazar

Jorge A. SalazarAuthor: Jorge A. Salazar

Pastor Jorge A. Salazar is a doctor in Systematic Theology. He is a member of the Global Missions Team (Willingdon Church, Canada) and The Gospel Coalition. He is currently deputy director of World Serve for Latin America, Pastor Holder in La Paz de Cristo and Director of the Willingdon Bible Institute for Latin America as well as supervisor of the International Bible Institute in Arabic.
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