Have you ever watched a good impersonator? They learn everything there is to know about the person they’re mimicking. Their hair, talk, walk, mannerisms – everything. Have you ever gone to see the show of an Elvis Presley impersonator? There are thousands of them – all impersonating someone that they greatly admire – even after his death.
How about closer to home. Is there someone who you greatly admire to the point where you do what they do and try to be as close to them as possible? There is nothing wrong with admiring someone but only up to a point! When that admiration turns into worship, then we have several problems that need to be addressed. Many times it’s because we have a poor sense of self-identity. Trying to be someone we’re not and were never intended to be.
If you’re a child of God, you are who God intended you to be. The problem is that we judge ourselves based on what we see in society. In other words, we want to be someone else because that person is who everyone likes and admires. So, what’s wrong with this? The problem is that what is admired in a person these days in society is not what God wants. In fact, it’s usually the complete opposite of God’s desire.
The lack of identity in Christians is a huge problem in the church and has many roots. The Lord has impressed on me the importance of telling His children who they are in Christ and not who Satan and the world says that they are. King David knew this when he said in Psalms 139:14 (NIV)
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Child of God, we are all made in the image of God (Gen 1:27). Even if we aren’t as skilled as someone else or as good looking, we are all unique. Did you know that? God has created each of us for a specific purpose – do you know what God’s purpose for your life is? Rather than looking at someone else, ask God what your purpose is here on this earth. You will never be the same again!