God Made You Just the Way You Aren't

God made you just the way you aren't.

A common quote that floats around on the internet is, "God made you just the way you are for a reason." I have some qualms with that statement. Today I made a fun little Tweet about changing your heart's desires in order to align with the will of God.

Just like anything else I do online, I got some flack for this one. A person tweeted back "Wouldn't that be an act against God? I mean, we are made as he intended us to be. So, wouldn't changing be not what he intended?"

Understandable. I've heard this thought portrayed many times by many different people. The idea that God made us just the way we are for a reason has its merits in comforting those who are self-conscious about an unchangeable condition that they may have.

Yet the quote is not universally acceptable. It's a common misconception about the will of God. 2 Corinthians tells us a little something about the person we are supposed to be.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

When you are in Christ, you abandon the way you "were made" and become someone completely different. You improve for the better.

Think about the phrase "be yourself." You get that one thrown at you all the time. Don't listen to them. Be your own personality, and don't become other people, but "yourself" is not good enough. Be better than yourself. When you quit trying to improve, you accomplish just that.

Maybe we were made to be someone we haven't yet become. You were not made to "be yourself," but to be a better version of yourself as you grow closer to Christ.

It doesn't make sense that God would create static people that never change, never improve, and never seek to do better for themselves. Far from it, we are dynamic. We are made to be who we are yet to become.