I heard a sermon the other day and the preacher said something—honestly did not catch everything he said but what I did hear was about someone getting a new name. Then he said something like “some people do not know their name, God is going to give everyone a new name”. As he went on he was talking about not knowing who we are in Christ and if we really knew who we were we would act differently.
This jump-started my brain into trying to imagine myself as God sees me instead of how I see myself.
I know that God has a better perspective than I do. Maybe it is time to see myself the way He sees me.
Maybe God sees a victorious champion when all I see is the pain of each battle and defeats.
1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Maybe God sees faith building when all I see is the obstacles I had to persevere through.
James 1:2-4 (NIV)
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Maybe God sees my promising future when all I see is my past mistakes.
Psalm 103:12 (NIV)
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us
Maybe God sees a child when I feel like a stranger.
Galatians 4:7 (NIV)
So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
I certainly don’t deserve what God has done for me, but that doesn’t mean that I will not accept it. If I believe in God then I have to be able to believe that He knows who I am and who I will become. I look forward to the reward of living this life with faith in God.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
I hope that you will join me this week and searching out scriptures that will help us understand who God believes we are. Enjoy your week.