The other day, I was on the phone with Andros, my 5-year-old grandson. I may sound biased, but the sweet boy is so smart. He knows the most unusual facts and uses words that usually come from adults. As we FaceTimed, I told him, “You know, Andros. You’re so handsome!” And he replied, “I know.” I giggled and retorted, “How do you know that, buddy?!” Without skipping a beat he said, “Because I look at my reflection!” Well alright then! Not only is he witty but he’s coming at me with the big words!
The truth is, he IS handsome! And how does he know that? Because his mom and dad tell him. Because his Mimi and Grandpa tell him. His Gigi and Pop Pop tell him. He recognizes that the people who love him most would never steer him wrong. What they tell him about himself is truthful.
Why do we have such a hard time recognizing that what God tells us about ourselves is true?! He is our Heavenly Father, the Creator of us all. He says so many wonderful things about us.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” –Ephesians 2:10 (emphasis mine)
“Know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.” –Psalm 100:3 (emphasis mine)
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” –1 Peter 2:9 (emphasis mine)
These are just a few examples in the Bible that say we are special to Him. Yet, we often look down at ourselves. We struggle with feelings of not being enough, not being a good mother, wife, friend, co-worker. We recognize all the flaws and forget about the facts.
We are chosen. We are redeemed. We are loved. We are set apart. No matter how we may feel about ourselves, we need to recognize that our Father tells us TRUTH and that truth is that we are His.
I pray that we stop listening to the lies of the devil that tell us we aren’t worthy and lean into God-breathed scripture that tells us our identity is in Christ!