Our theme for this month: “The Gift of Being Yourself”
Our Bible verse for today: “I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born.” Jeremiah 1:5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “You matter because God says you do.”
Christine was a young woman who had been adopted at birth. She never knew her birth parents. In fact, her parents had given her up without ever seeing her and without naming her. The knowledge of that decision haunted Christine. She felt as if she had been discarded as unwanted and worthless. She was grateful for her adopted parents of course, but she could never shake the sense of having been so easily tossed aside by her biological parents.
Christine spent many years struggling with her identity and with her sense of self-worth. It colored her personality and negatively impacted every part of her life. Fortunately, eventually, she placed her faith in Jesus, developed a deep and growing relationship with Him, and in the process, she came to know her heavenly Father. And as she did, she discovered the love of the One who formed her in the womb, the One who knew her and named her before she was even born. At the moment of conception God declared her to be His deeply loved child, His prized and valued possession. She was His.
As this new understanding washed over her, and as the reality of it took hold in her heart, all the pain from all the years of feeling alone and unwanted drained away. Christine finally realized that her significance came from God not from any other person, not even from her birth parents. God loved her and cherished her. She was the much-loved child of her Father in heaven, and that’s all that mattered.
Some of us reading this right now struggle with feelings like Christine had. Oh, maybe you weren’t abandoned at birth by your biological parents. Perhaps you grew up in a stable home with two loving parents. But still, how much of your sense of self-worth depends on the approval of others? To what extent do you measure yourself against the standards of the world?
As we approach the end of our month-long focus on “The Gift of Being Yourself”, I want to recommend to you again the excellent little Bible study by Robert McGee, “The Search for Significance: Build Your Self-Worth on God’s Truth”. I’m confident you will find the truths revealed in that study to be very helpful.
The truth is that you matter because God says you do.