Over the last three weeks I’ve dug into the responses from three questions I asked of a couple dozen friends. On week one we looked at our identity and on week two, our purpose. We concluded that both our identity and our purpose are only fully maximized when looked at through a Jesus filter. Any and all other perspectives (our own, the world’s, our friends, etc) creates a misinformed view of who we are and who we are created to be.
The third and final question I asked was this:
Does the way you feel about yourself affect your relationship with God and the way He sees you?
Once again the responses I received were incredibly diverse. We are all in different seasons in our lives, after all. Each response echoed the fact that ‘yes’ the way we feel about ourselves directly affects our relationship with God. Each person also deduced that regardless of how our relationship with God changes or is affected by our own interpretations of our present circumstances, God’s love for us never does. His love is unconditional, eternal and endures all things.
These are great realizations based on biblical truths. Ecclesiastes 3:1-9, 1 Corinthians 13 mirror these responses. Are we living as though we truly believe in God’s unconditional love for us? His incredible love is transformational —are we being transformed? Are we being pushed to be more like Christ because our faith is propelling us forward?
If we aren’t being changed by the redeeming love of Christ, we gain nothing but unrest and feeling ‘stuck’. If this is how you’re feeling— if the way you are feeling about yourself affects you in such a way that you doubt your salvation, you need to go straight to the word of God and remember these truths:
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:17)
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! It is amazing to think about. Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.” (Psalm 139:14)
“Because of his kindness, you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Memorize these scriptures, tuck them deep into your heart for the moments your faith is a little weaker or your circumstances start pushing you to believe in something less than what the Lord has for you. Find the gold, my friend. And when you find the gold, hold on to it for dear life because everything in this world will want to steal it away from you.