Jesus recovers and reveals our original design. He tells us who we are to Him and releases freedom and playfulness in relationship with Him. After internalizing that Jesus delights in us exactly the way we are, we invite Him to lead us into our true destiny as He designed it.
God created each one of us with diverse Kingdom Callings on our lives. Things like:
In the end, the number one question God will ask you when you get to heaven is, “Did you become you?” You becoming you is an expression of love.
"As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." - 1 Peter 4:10
When Jesus led me into the Be You Room, there was a banner over the room that said “Reconciliatory Hope.” Jesus said, “In this room you will be reconciling Bob Hartley to Bob Hartley. You have been dragged places you didn’t want to go but you didn’t know how to stop it. You did not become you."
Then He said, "I don’t want you to be dragged around anymore. I’m going to show you what you’re being dragged around by." He then held up a mirror, “You’ve given everyone else a word, why not give yourself a word from you? You always hold up the mirror and give encouraging words to others, how about you for you?”
In the Be You Room, God reverse the roles on us. He wants to reconcile you to you. It's time for a good word out of yourself, about yourself, because the good the words are not just going to come from others on the outside, but they have to come out of you for yourself.
"For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he." -Proverbs 23:7
In this process, God will hold up the right mirror so we gain His perspective for ourselves and for others. He will correct us humbly, through kindness and love, and then show us the Kingdom Callings He has given us. Then we can become Hope Ambassadors for the Kingdom Callings we see in others.
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good deeds, which God prepared in advance for us to do." - Ephesians 2:10
There are dozens of mirrors in the be you room. Each holds a different image of who we are. Some are cracked mirrors. Some are inflated ego mirrors. Some are debasing or distorted. Jesus asks us to tell Him which mirror we think will show us the correct mirror image of ourselves. How do we view ourselves?
One time Jesus took me through my life, and showed me an illusion. There was a time when I was in South Korea. They had a poster of me where I was six stories tall. It was an illusion of me as this grand figure. Then I had an image to protect. You know you are not being yourself when you have to protect or defend.
Then I was standing next to some who were holding up all kinds of mirrors in front of other people. Each mirror held a measure of an illusion of who those people were. Some of those illusions were bad--showing troubled images--and some were good--showing inflated images.
Some of the mirrors being held up in front of people were Romans 7 mirrors. Paul said, “I don’t like myself. I don’t like what I do” (Rom. 7:15). He had many people agree with him and sowing that into the air. He showed me how I saw myself in the Romans 7 mirror, and some close to me did as well. "He wants to go do good but he's not going to do good.” We have all had that.
"I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do. But what I hate, I do." -Romans 7:15
Then, Jesus leads us to the Romans 8 mirror. Only God has the true image of how He created you. As you consider which mirrors you have held up to see yourself, and which others have held up to you, Jesus puts those different mirrors down and removes them. Then He shows us the correct image of ourselves and helps us to be free in who He made us to be without pretensions. We learn to no longer conform to who others desire us to be. Jesus shows us our wonderful original design by God, and our true self-image in the eyes of God.
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus..." - Romans 8:1
We have an obligation, but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. You did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. - Romans 8:1, 12-16
It is so important to see ourselves clearly and without distortion. Moses is an example of someone who looked at himself through the wrong mirror--he saw a murderer, a stammerer, and many things that God didn't want Moses to see. Job’s friends also held up the wrong mirror for Job to see himself. They held up a mirror of sin and cursing instead of the mirror of God's righteous one on the earth who would pray and intercede for his loved ones, and all would be put right again.
In this corner Jesus wants to give you the Romans 8 mirror to see your true image of who you are in Him. He wants you to help you select the mirror and gaze into it instead of whatever false ones you may have been staring at before.
Then Gideon said to Zebah and Zalmunna, "What manner of men were they whom you slew at Tabor?" And they answered, "As you are, so were they; each one resembled the child of a king." - Judges 8:18
Ask Jesus to help you identify what mirrors that you are currently seeing yourself through. Then ask Jesus to show you which mirror He sees you through.
In Corner 2 of the Be You Room, we learn to celebrate life to its fullest. This means being playful with the One who made us. By simply being ourselves, we experience freedom, joy, and laughter. We meet the Playful God who loves to be with you and enjoy the gift that is your life.
In 1 Kings 18, Elijah was exhausted. God sent the raven to bring Elijah food, and this allowed him to rest and recover. In this Corner of the Be You Room, Jesus will bring you rest, recovery, and full restoration so you can have a Hopeful View of you!
In the last Corner, we talked about the broken mirrors which the accuser of the brethren puts in front of you so you will look at yourself in the wrong image. Jesus has you look into the correct mirror which reflects how wonderful you really are to Him. There are many things this mirror could correct:
There are many more things Jesus' mirror says! We have put an amazing, long list in the "Journaling Questions" section below that you can use in your devotional time to ask Jesus what things He wants you to reimagine.
Scripture tells us that in the midst of others rejecting you, there is what God says-- a "sound of noise from the city" – Isaiah 66: 5-8.
“There were brethren that hated you and then there was a sound of noise from the city and a child was delivered. Who has heard such things – shall a nation be born at once?” - Isaiah 66:8
In order for us to know ourselves we need to know the Holy Spirit in our hearts is what enables us to bring forth a nation in a day. Let the Be You Room open up the power of who you are! You are called to be a New Creation, not just be morally better.
Here’s a fun activity for you in the Be You Room~Go on a "coffee date" with Jesus! Or think about what you have fun doing, and ask Him to go with you. Be playful with Jesus. Involve Him in the activities that bring you joy. Ask Him to help you be free with Him.
Here we get to discover God’s Original Design and Calling for our lives. The Father has made each one of us unique. He helps us to understand what are called to be in Him, for others. Our calling is always under attack and can be buried under years of pain or missteps. Yet it is to be brought out.
Jesus will sometimes use others to help us see who we are and help us get back on the right track for our lives. Some who love us have the ability to really call out who we are, especially when it's been hard and long.
I had a dream that people had labels on their foreheads and they were labeled the wrong way. Then God had me remove those wrong labels on people’s foreheads and replace them with God’s labels. This caused them to be able to cross over a bridge into their bright future, with the “Best View in Town.”
First we need to have the right label put on us. The greatest anointing and inheritance cause you to Be You by releasing you into God’s Original Design for you. You receive your "crown of beauty" and you never take it off. Then you, as a marvelous comrade, get to crown other Hope Reformers. You step into your great inheritance in God and also help others to do so. ou help put the right labels on another. You practice "Hope Hearing" and "Hope Seeing" others through God's lens for them.
The Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him. Have him stand before Eleazar the priest and the entire assembly and commission him in their presence. Give him some of your authority so the whole Israelite community will obey him.” -Numbers 27: 18-20
You are Kings and Queens who are to receive a great inheritance. You help others along the way and never put wrong labels on people. You are able to read people's "Life Scrolls" to them when they are unable to believe what God thinks and feels for them. You see the best in people around you, calling them out as God's Hope Reformers.
In this Corner, we ask Jesus to put the right label on us. We also ask Him to identify any areas of our lives where we have changed certain parts of ourselves in order to feel loved and accepted by others. When the “critics” show up in our lives, we don’t need to change ourselves to accommodate them. This causes us to pursue our "Unoriginal Design"! We have to let others shape us in the right way. And we determine to shape others in the right way. We act like Jesus, who never gets tired of us and always sees the best in us.
Ask Jesus what label(s) have been on your forehead, and whether they are the right ones. Ask Him what His correct label is.
God wants to take our Original Design which He has breathed into us and channel that into His purposes. God is building a Kingdom, and there's a place for each one of us to develop a portion and Be Us.
In 2014, God spoke to me and began to tell me how He was engineering a "new exodus" for God's people to come out of Egypt or "misery Christianity" and into the Promised Land or a Hope-Filled Reformation. The Lord said, “I will release My people to leave the bondage and drudgery of religious agendas and traditions and the merely human expectations that require them all to just make brick after brick. I will commission them to go forth into all of life to worship Me in the beauty and wonder of the diversity I have created. They are to give back all their amazing gifts, talents, and daily works in the neighborhoods, streets, schools, and marketplaces as an acceptable offering to Me and I will then use them to glorify Me in all the earth.”
Afterwards, God began to show me His desire to give us each a Divine Blueprint and building plan. He created us and has a unique calling on our lives. Although there have been so many ways to categorize a human being--our personalities, our career matches, our spiritual giftings--He showed me a new way to look at His building plans. He is the God of Diverse of Kingdom Callings and uses 10 Kingdom Callings to establish Glorious Cities for Him.
They are the ones who change the atmosphere and bring the aroma of Christ into lives and situations (2 Corinthians 2:14-16) They are called to make the city a place of praise, worship, joy & thanksgiving.
Bible Examples - David, the worshiping shepherd and praising king.
These are called to bring the “simple worship” of love to the city. These are the Colossians 3 people who worship God continually in everything they do, and spread the knowledge of the God as they care. Whatever they do, they do to “love Him back.”
Bible Examples- Cornelius, Job ~ Job 31:16-22 (NIV)
They are called to weep over the city and long for the dwelling of the Lord. They are great lights in the midst of darkness, and live a deep life in God, full of the Spirit. They cultivate the Knowledge of God and return people to the Presence of God. They take territory for the Kingdom of God by bringing change to the ethos.
Bible Examples- Joshua – Ex 33:7-11 (NIV); Nehemiah, who wept over the city ~ Neh 1:4-5(NASB); David, who longed for the Lord to dwell (Psalms 132:1-5 NASB), and Daniel, who was a great light in the midst of great darkness and saw the Kingdom of God as more real than his earthly life. (Dan 2:46-49, 3:19-28, 4:34-35, 5:29, 6:25-27)
These have a marketplace calling and gifting, and are often loaded with ministry giftings as well. They build the Kingdom of God where they are and have a revelation of the God of All of Life. They usher in the harvest “outside the camp.” They have shepherd’s hearts who build spiritual oases, a "Tree of Life" or place of health, growth, and life to those in the city.
Bible Examples-- Abraham, Boaz, Joseph.
They are driven by the motive to craft for Him, to give Him the very best. They have a revelation of the Creator God and are filled with the Spirit. The first instance of someone being “filled with the Spirit of God” was in the building of the Tabernacle of Moses, which was the center of the City where God dwelt.
They line up to bring their best joyfully to Jesus, then run back as fast as they can to get more! They are called to bring resources to the city and are motivated by a revelation of the benevolent God. These are the ones who will bring in the wealth, and will initiate the greatest compassion/mercy deeds to the nations. They are Spiritual Robin Hoods. Their greatest joy is plundering the wealth of the world for their Lord. They will love money, but be completely free from the spirit of mammon. By necessity they are the humblest of men/women, free from a controlling spirit and glory-seeking.
Bible examples - David - abandoned giving (1 Chronicles 29:10-18), Cyrus (Isaiah 4:1-3)
These are prophetic influencers: in the right place at the right time, with the right word. They are much bigger than their function.
Bible Examples- Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar publicly proclaimed the wisdom (Dan. 2:46 – 49) and power (Dan. 4:34-35) of God. Belshazzar acknowledged God (Dan 5:29). Darius proclaimed the Kingdom of God (Dan. 6:25-27). Cyrus sponsored the rebuilding of the Temple.
They have gifts of government, leadership, and management. They know how to use their God-appointed gifts of “administrations” (1 Cor. 12:28) to lead and guide the city. Their key is in the vision and the plan. God the King is revealed through them as they make a city a place of justice, order, and peace.
Bible Examples- Daniel, Joseph, Moses, Jethro, Philip
They build a place for God to dwell. They are able to bring forth cities of refuge that can be governed with wisdom, understanding and counsel.
Bible Examples- Joseph: He had a secret vision of a Godly nation coming forth fulfilling the promises. David: He longed for a place where God would dwell. Abraham: looking for city.
The Samuel’s will anoint kings. They are called to equip marketplace apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers; worship army, compassion army, prayer/presence army, etc.
Bible Examples- Samuel, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Simeon & Anna, Paul
Ask Jesus which of the capacities of the 10 Kingdom Callings you are currently operating in, and how. Then ask Him which of the ones He has given you which haven't been activated or widely acknowledge yet.