Hebrews 12:1–Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
You are created in the image of God, but you might be letting filters mask that identity. Filters hide what is beneath their surface, and when they cover our lives, filters keep us from living out who God created us to be. We have to be careful what we put in our minds and who we surround ourselves with.
Be intentional about what you allow to influence your life. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” What we see or experience physically in the Earth shouldn’t define who we are. If we’re in Christ, we have an eternal life with our Creator to look forward to! God didn’t create anyone to be defined by what the world says, but by what He says about us.
Hebrews 11 is full of people who lived lives that were full of faith in God, and who didn’t let any filter keep them from discovering their God-given purpose. Noah had never seen rain, and yet he chose to believe God over everything he’d experienced so far in his life. Abraham and Sarah were too old to have children on their own, but they believed that God would keep His promise to them that they would have a baby, and they did.
Moses’ parents disobeyed their government by refusing to kill their newborn, and instead hid him. Moses, born to Jews enslaved in Egypt, was raised in Egyptian royalty. He left a life of comfort to follow the promises of God for His people. And Rahab welcomed Israelite spies into her home, despite the fact that she was both a Gentile and a prostitute. She trusted in God rather than what her culture said was true.
Let these examples encourage you to live a life just as full of faith. God will help us subdue the false identities, the filters, that cover up His plan for our lives. In Christ, there is no gender, no age, no skin color; God can and will use everyone who is willing to place their trust in Him.