It’s common to hear people say ‘BE YOURSELF’ but I beg to defer on this. Psalm 51:5 and John 3:3 confirm that every human is born in sin hence the need to be born again. I know of someone who allowed himself to be put under the bondage of the devil’s deceit. This guy is now a shadow of himself and has refused to take the RIGHT step. All that is required of someone who falls into sin is to repent and not pretend (Proverbs 28:13, Proverbs 24:16). This might mean different things to different people and this is why I was prompted to air my view on this topic.
First of all, depending on who says “just be yourself” changes the meaning. For example, if a novice says “just be yourself” he means to do nothing and just let fate take its course. On the other hand, if an experienced guru on dating says “just be yourself” then it has a totally different meaning. – Jimmy James
In my opinion, being yourself means doing what comes to you naturally. My natural self exhibits my ‘Adamic’ or human nature (Jeremiah 17:9). 1 Corinthians 2:14 says the natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. Several times the human nature struggles with the spiritual nature as in John 3:6. The human nature encourages us to retaliate, be malicious, hate people, be greedy, steal, lie or exhibit the works of the flesh as seen in Galatians 5:19-21. Now let me ask you, will you still want to be yourself? Not at all –if you’ll ask me. I’ll rather say I want to be what God wants me to be. I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me (Galatians 2:20). I like the ‘I am’ showing the present tense which is a current action. So, when we are provoked to anger, we should remind ourselves that we are crucified or dead to the flesh. A dead man doesn’t respond to insults. Hmmm… A hard pill to swallow? His grace is sufficient so, keep working on it and you will surely be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. That means, we all need to take DELIBRATE actions to prevent us from being ourselves and then be what God wants us to be. Full stop!
Prayer 1: Father, please help me to put my flesh under and make me sensitive to your instructions at all times in Jesus’ name.