Posted by: peebles | August 19, 2011

Genesis 27:15 to 16 (NIV) ~ Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins.

It is amazing the lengths to which some people will go to be accepted. Some people even think that if they dress like someone else, or look like them, or even talk like them they will be accepted more; they will be blessed more. In this story we read today, let us, just for one moment, look at it from a different angle.

Pretending you are someone who you are not is to deny the beautiful gift from God, and your own unique individuality. Be true to yourself and to each other but most of all be true to God.

On November 3, 1955 The Platters released as a single called, “The Great Pretender”. The words and music were created by Buck Ram, the Platters’ manager, with these lyrics: “Oh, yes I’m the Great Pretender, I seem to be what I’m not you see…”

I always find it so sad that a grown man would want to pretend to be someone else in order to receive the blessing from his father. Even though God had a bigger plan and a bigger destiny for Jacob than Esau, Jacob suffered from insecurities, and he struggled with not being accepted for who he was.

I can even imagine that he found it hard to believe that God could use him. For Jacob was a twister, a deceiver; a man who let other people do the hard work. He stayed at home among the tents while his brother Esau went hunting among the fields.

God wants to use you just as you are. Yes, that’s right, just as you are! You can make up all sorts of excuses, with words such as, “Well, I need to wait until God sorts every corner of my life out first before He can use me.” But the truth is God wants to use you while you are under construction. He does not wait until you are the finished article. The only time when you will be the finished article is when you are with the Lord in heaven. Even in your weakness, God wants to use you, for His power is made perfect in your weakness.

In Horace Walpole’s anecdotes of painting, Oliver Cromwell is quoted as saying this about having his portrait painted: “Mr Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint your picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughness, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me.”

My friend, just come as you are to Jesus. You do not have try and be someone else to obtain the favour and blessing of your heavenly Father, for He loves you just the way you are. God has a tremendous destiny for you. It is time to put aside your insecurities and inner fears of being unworthy, because that, my friend, is lie of the devil. The truth is God loves you just the way you are. To Him you are worthy, you are beautiful, and He wants you to receive His favour and blessing in your life. He wants you to step into your God-given destiny and grow into the mighty man or woman of God He sees you can be.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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