1 Peter 2: 9-10
"But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are
royal priests, a holy nation, God's very own possession. As a result, you can
show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness
into his wonderful light.
Once you had no identity as a people; now you are
God's people. Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God's mercy."
Often people (me) base their (my) idea of themselves (myself) on their (my) accomplishments. However, our relationship with God is far more important than our achievements, wealth, or knowledge. We have been chosen by God, personally chosen, as his very own. And we have been called to represent him to others.
I regularly wonder how I come across to others, but not for God's sake, but for my own. God called me as one of his own...for him...not for me. I need to constantly bring my focus back to God because my values, my worth, comes from being ones of his children, not by what I can achieve.
This has been made clear to me after such a humbling experience. I've built my life on what I've done for myself so that I get the praise and recognition, not God. Ugh...just seeing it here in black and white breaks my heart. I wasn't chosen to have the world recognize me, but for the wold to see Christ through me, so that HE gets the glory. By leaving my former employer to take a job that is less pay, but better for my family, I've felt like all my worth, all my accomplishments, all my everything went down the drain. And here I've "known" my life isn't for me, but selfishly I say it is. God had a different path for me to take, one he knew all along, to bring him the glory because he can and will do amazing things.
I have worth because of what God does, not because of what I can do.
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