Who You Are and Whose You Are
Who does the Bible say you are? The list is lengthy, but here are just a few to remind you:
- You matter and have great value – “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139: 14
- You were created in His image “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness.’” Genesis 1: 26
- You are a sinner, but you have been given new life because of His great love for you (You are deeply loved) “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
What do you think about yourself? Does what you think about yourself and what the Bible says to be true about you align? If not, consider the truth that is available to you in scripture.
He created us, every single intricate detail of us and yet, we are insecure, ashamed, and frequently doubt ourselves. We are children of a God who created the mountains and the oceans, so vast and marvelous and full of splendor. We easily admire the wonder of the world He made; yet, hold ourselves to mediocre standings, at best (when I say we, I mean me and I’m thinking I am not alone in these feelings).
In an effort to be honest, I can be quick to judge those who are extremely confident. The more I reflect on them and my judgments, maybe they are just more aware of who they are as a creation of The Creator, the workmanship of the ultimate creators hands. Why shouldn’t they be confident in who they are? Consider for a minute who you are as His prized creation, we all have something to be confident about.
Take a step back and reflect on who it is that the bible says you are, as I first mentioned. We were intricately knit together; every hair on our head is known to The King (Psalm 139: 13-14). We were not made to be fearful, (“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” 2 Timothy 1:7) but rather to know of His great love for us (“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” Ephesians 3: 17b-19). This gives me an entire new perspective on the qualities about myself that I either don’t like or are insecure about others seeing – I wasn’t made to hide parts of me, I was made to be a disciple of Christ, to be aware of His love and share it. He made all of me, not just the few parts I like or am proud of, rather all of me. My prayer for myself and anyone who is reading this is that when we notice pieces of ourselves that we want to hide, that we will have confidence to share them because our great God created them and what joy it would bring Him if we valued His entire creation.
Psalm 139: 13-14 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”