By: Jade Pitts
If we are to embody life in its fullest I think we first need an understanding of what it means to embody something. If I were to give a definition of what it means to embody, I would say it’s embracing something with all we have, giving 100% of ourselves, without hesitation and without doubt. Complete and utter trust. We give up what we are in that moment in order to be what we are embodying or embracing.
The world we live in likes to stand in front of us and shake offers in our face non-stop. The world tells us to embody a number of different things, to be a number of different things, to speak and think many different things. But Proverbs 23:26 says, “O my son, give me your heart. May your eyes take delight in following my ways.” It’s simple: when we embody the life God has so carefully planned just for us there is great joy that comes.
Often we think that being a follower of Christ means we miss out on what everyone else is doing. We think it means there is no more fun. What is there left to take delight in? We think that God has put us in a permanent time out from all the fun a worldly life seemingly has to offer. But when we read John 2:15-17 we gain insight to the truth. It says, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”
God has our best interests in mind. He knows exactly what we need and what we don’t. He wants us to desire the things of Him that are eternal – things that do not fade away and that satisfy beyond the physical, the visible and the emotional.
So if we are going to be great women of God, embracing the life HE has for us to its fullest potential, then we must be women of prayer, of love, of hope, of faith. We must seek after God, giving Him our all, trusting Him in everything and with everything. We must give up who we think we are every morning, and embrace, embody and live God’s life for us. Luke 9:23 says, “Then he (Jesus) said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.””