and in Christ, you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. Colossians 2:10 NIV
What words do you use to describe yourself? Too talkative? Too sensitive? What narrative are you believing about your worth and ability?
For many of us, our personal narrative is filled with perceived weaknesses and insecurities.
I can’t say I remember a singular life-altering moment where my self-image was shattered, just a consistent history of little moments where I took the words of others to heart and built my worth upon them.
Whether it was a friend who decided friendship with me was no longer a benefit to their social climb. Or a boyfriend choosing to propose to someone else, right after a break-up. Maybe it’s the comparison of the endless scroll of social highlight reels to others to my sometimes mundane life.
Whatever the details may be, each of these slights chip away at the image we have of ourselves and blinds us to the image that God holds of us. This happens until we find ourselves in a place where we feel that for us to truly deserve the things we receive, we have to be the perfect version of someone who is very much the opposite of everything God created us to be.
This is not the intention that God set for us. Before He created us, He knew us. He saw our peculiarities and our persuasions. Isaiah 64:8 (NIV) says:
“Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Can we just take a moment and, PRAISE THE LORD, for this word and the Lord’s faithfulness. In pottery, before the potter sits down to form the clay, He has a plan for it. Before the potter sits down to form the clay, it has a purpose. Even in its unmolded and unformed state. This is predestined.
Our purpose is determined before we are created. Our specifications are designed to see the finished end of that purpose.
This means your personality, your likes, your dislikes, your abilities, all of this was created to work together in God’s strength to see his will for your life come to fruition!
God does not make mistakes, and while we do not always steward our gifts in the most perfected fashion, He did not mess up when He created us the way He created us. 1 Peter 4:10-11 says:
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.” (NIV)
You see, when God thought of you, He also saw the people He would be able to touch through you. He knew that your cut-to-the-chase attitude or inability to say no to someone in need would be the exact thing that would be necessary to minister to the community that He would place you in and give you influence over.
You were made in all of your awesomeness specifically for the journey of life that He foreknew for you.
So, what words do you use to describe yourself? Is it still a list of weaknesses?
These “weaknesses” when perfected for their God-given use, can be our greatest assets.
Perhaps you still have to grow into fully adopting this mindset. Let’s embrace and accept the process of a Holy Spirit renovation. Let’s allow God to show us the places where we have allowed God’s workmanship in us to be perverted by circumstances of life versus perfected by God’s gentle guidance.
Sweet friends, while we may be nowhere near a perfected version of the person that God sees when He looks at us, we can be encouraged that even in our mess WE ARE ENOUGH. There will be good days and bad days.
In everything we do, let's give thanks for the knowledge that every task He places before us He also equips us with sufficient grace to complete it.
Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, we thank you for making us within your perfect design. Help us to remember that even in our insecurity, you are our strength. When we can not see the benefit and the beauty in ourselves, give us eyes to see just how much you love us. We praise you for your care and concern for every part of our lives and we walk knowing that in you we are enough! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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