We live in a society of earnings. Earn that promotion. Earn that degree. When you do for me, I’ll do for you. If you complete this, then you can have that. Throughout childhood and early adulthood, I grew up in a house built on earnings. I can still hear the words you need to do your part around here. I would quickly wash the dishes hoping to receive the love that my soul longed for. Doing was all I knew, and because of that I didn’t know how to just be. My identity was trapped in my actions rather than who I was as a person. And for a while, I thought I had to measure up to receive God’s grace, which caused me to fall short every time.
Grace is not something that is held over your head; there is no price you have to pay. It’s free – a gift. All you have to do is receive. What you do doesn’t define who you are. What you do is temporary. When you are fixated on doing, you leave no room for grace. Without the grace of God anchoring us, our mistakes will tell us that we are failures, causing our self-perception to become distorted. As our focus zeroes-in on our sin, we take our eyes off of the blood that has already washed it clean.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
God knew each and every one of us before we were born, and He made us wonderful. We need a fresh perspective of who we are and who God created us to be. Without it, we will talk more about our shortcomings rather than the blessings we already have. God didn’t create man to be perfect; He knew we would have flaws and imperfections. But His faithful, unconditional love for us will always remain. And through this love we live, move, and have our being.
You were created to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. The love that you express to your neighbor is an overflow of the love that you already have for yourself. So, do you love yourself? Or are you your worst critic? A critical heart will constantly critique others, but a grace-filled heart extends grace. Do you see yourself the way Christ sees you? Jesus came to show us how to live and to restore our relationship with God the Father. Jesus never apologized for who He was. He knew exactly who He was, and God was pleased with Him before He did anything.
When you truly abide in God’s grace you can confidently say…
I like me
I know what I have to offer
I am not you
I do not take myself too seriously
What are you confessing over yourself from day to day? Our words hold power; our words create worlds. Your self-confession will produce a harvest. Choose today to speak the word of God over your life.
I am who I am by the grace of God
-1 Corinthians 15:10
I can do all things through Christ
I am not there yet, but I am on my way
I am anointed and equipped for success
-2 Corinthians 1:21-22
My God will supply all my needs