I have been following an online bible study for the last week or so and it has been a great reminder, as well as shedding some new insight, about the importance of how we see ourselves. We either live according to God’s view or we live our life according to the world’s view which is made up of various people’s ideas, opinions and viewpoints. This worldly position is so distorted by the enemy, that any comparison to worldly standards is, in fact, a lie.
It has reminded me again how dangerous it is to compare ourselves to others or to seek our self worth from what other people do or what they say about us. The devil will always try to tear you down and make you feel like you are unworthy, that you need to become someone else or reach a higher standard which will, therefore, result in you rejecting your true identity. It is the enemy’s mission to stop us all from pursuing the purpose that God created us for.
God says He knew you before He created you (Jeremiah 1:5), and He knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). It is God who knows who we are truly meant to be and when we walk fully in our true identity then we will fulfill the purpose that we were created for and we will be fully satisfied in this purpose.
I know from personal experience that when we start to adjust our personality and take on new identities because we “think” that this is how we are supposed to be, that we actually start to lose sight of who we are and the things that bring us true joy, hope and blessings. When we start to morph ourselves into something unknown, we then have no idea how to navigate the world around us and we end up stumbling around in a world of lies trying to carve out a pathway.
Yet, when we seek first the kingdom of the Lord and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33), we connect ourselves with God who is the Creator of us all, and we then have access to His knowledge and we can find out why He created us to be the way we are. God gave me my hair, eye and skin color for a reason. He gave me my height, body shape and limited sporting ability for a reason. He gave me my sense of humor, intelligence, and caring nature for a reason.
We need to spend time communicating with God, getting to know Him and learning about ourselves and the things we love to do. We need to realize whether or not what we do is a learned behavior as a result of our environment or if it is actually a part of our true self. We need to spend time letting go of the things that are not meant for us (even if they may seem good) to make room for the things that are authentically a part of ourselves and give them the room they need to grow. We need to embrace who God made us to be because there is only one you and one me. We are created and called according to a purpose, which starts with knowing God and knowing and loving our true self.
I have seen so many people get lost in the hustle and bustle of other people’s opinions as everyone tries to discover who they are, that they just end up confused. We can look to various people for guidance (which is a great thing!) but at some point, we each need to stop imitating and begin taking responsibility for our own lives, hopes, future and destiny. Yes, we need to take responsibility, however, that does not mean we are alone.
Our relationship with Jesus and help from the Holy Spirit is what guides us and draws us to know who God says we are. It is because of this that we can move forward even knowing that we will never be perfect and all we have to be is the best version of ourselves to be truly satisfied. Some of us are called to be designers, speakers, mathematicians, doctors, electricians, beauty therapists, writers, scientists, caregivers, stay at home mums or something else. And ya know what, that’s what makes the world interesting and exciting.
My encouragement to you today, would be to stop and take some time to pray and ask God “who do You say say I am and how do You see me?” What does He say about you?
Remember you are a work of God and therefore, you are wonderful.
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvellously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.”