Who are you living for today?
This is a loaded question. Are we living life and going about our daily routines for the people around us, or are we living for God? Usually whichever one happens to be your answer is the one you find your identity in.
There have been several times where I found myself seeking approval from the people around me instead of from God. There have been several times where I have lived my life for man instead of God. I care way too much about what others think about me. Everyday I go about life meeting strangers and friends and my thoughts are filled with what they might be thinking about me.
I want mans approval. The thing about man’s approval is that this world is filled with a lot of evil so it os important to understand that not everyone we come in contact with will like us, agree with us, encourage us, help us, acknowledge us, give affirmations, love us, and so on. There are a lot of people that will ridicule us, devalue us, disrespect us, use us, hurt us, exclude us, manipulate us, and hate us.
Man’s approval is still something I sometimes struggle with today. Seeking mans approval, placing your identity in what someone has said or may think about you and letting people dictate who you are is completely draining and it can ruin you. It sends us down a path of destruction and hurt. It can and will slowly or quickly ruin your relationship with God too.
I know the times where I have lived my life for man are the times where I slip further away from God and become broken. That is not to say that people do not matter because everyone matters. Everyone matters to God but what people think about you should not take precedence over your true identity, because you are a child of God, the one true King.
You are someone that God has a specific purpose for, so we cannot let what other people say or do to us overshadow the beautiful life and plan God has for us. Once we accept who we are in Christ and follow what God has meant for our lives we can make an incredible difference. Remember these promises whenever you find yourself placing your identity in what the world has to say.
When the world tells us we can’t, God tells us we can do all things through Him (Philippians 4:13).
When the world says calls us ugly, God says we are fearfully and wonderfully made in His image (Ps. 139:14, Genesis 1:27).
When the world calls us failures, God redeems us (Romans 8:28, Ephesians 1:7).
When the world hurts us, God heals us (Ps. 147:3).
When the world weakens us, God’s strength abides in us (Isaiah 40:28-31).
When the world excludes you, God invites us to be apart of His family (John 3:16, John 1:12, Ephesians 2:19-22).
When the world reminds us of our past, God reminds us of His perfect plan (Jeremiah 29:11).
When the world says there’s something wrong with you, God gives us power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
When the world hits us with continued battles, God supplies us with the armor we need to fight (Ephesians 6:10-18).
When the world tells us lies, God tells us that He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).
There is nothing in this world that God cannot overcome and overpower! Find your identity through Him!
We love you all and are praying for you!