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Today's Devotional Reading
On Becoming A Person

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I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvelous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well (Psalms 139:14).

There is a well known Humanistic Psychologist by the name of Carl Rogers. Much of his theory and practice of "Person Centered Therapy" is taught and widely used today. Rogers is a man who seems to have revolutionized the way counseling and therapy is done in our nation. And while Rogers' ideas contain important principles and excellent practices, it seems that somewhere in the mix he forgot God (intentional as it was).
As we think of what makes a person a person--or more close to home--what makes us who we are individually, there are many theories and philosophies as to how indeed we become "a person." Much of what is considered is wrapped up in the framework of experience and opportunity, explaining who we are in terms of what has made us rather than Who.
And while we expect that a man without God is a self-made man, we would not expect that one who is of God would be a self-made man as well. There is a sad but very real truth concerning the church today--it is full of self-made men and women, some more self-made than others. The point being that as we define who we are based upon what we have done, we see ourselves more in the light of our own works and accomplishments than in light of what God has done. We see ourselves in terms of our own abilities, self-effort, and personal choices. In short, we begin to ascribe a worth to ourselves that excludes God.
But we have heard that without God we can do nothing, and with God all things are possible, His grace is sufficient, our God shall supply all of our needs, He is our Rock, our Fortress, our Salvation. . . If becoming a person is limited to the sum total of our experiences, where does the work of God in our lives fit into that.
If we see ourselves based upon what we have accomplished, then we cannot see the potential of what God can do in and through each of us. We would continue going through our lives, doing the best we can. We would make choices for our future that we think would make us happy and then hope for the best, and hope God will bless. But God wanted us to see that there is much more than that. There is a greater joy in being a God-made person.
God is the Master builder. He knows the you who you are, and He knew what kind of life to design for you that would best fit the you who you are. He knows everything about you, and lets face it, He knows more than you about you. You don't trust a person who kind-a-sort-a knows how a car works to fix your car. Instead you trust it to someone who knows very well how the car works, what it needs, and how to fix it.
From the beginning of each of our lives, God begins to prepare us and develop us for what He has designed us to do. He knows what the finished you will look like. When we see what we can do and become awed by ourselves, we become very dangerous to our future. We may begin to weigh the limited number of facts we have and decide what we are to do with the "you" God is making us to be. Our trouble starts when we take the clay out of God's hands because it looks like a cup, and we start using it as a cup--not realizing He was making a vase.
We must let the vase become the vase. We can only do this by submitting to God and allowing Him to direct our paths--daily. We as Christians often attack the ideas of Humanistic Psychology that promote the making of self in this life and the becoming a person aside from God. Yet, when we who call God "Lord and Master" take the clay out of His hands and use it as we desire, then we fit in the mold of a godless ideology to raise the banner above our heads which proclaim, "I am a self-made man."

Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed [it], Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? (Rom.9:20-21).

Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye [ought] to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that (James 4:13-15).

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