Who Are You?

untitled_by_marinacoric-d6dev4nWhen we look at ourselves, we often see the flaws.  When God looks at us, He sees the perfection of Jesus, not our hang-ups.  He sees His workmanship.  His Word tells us that we are made in His image.

The world may have trampled us and left us bruised and bandaged, but the Lord redeems us. He proclaims that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  We are made on purpose, for a purpose. We are his royal priesthood, belonging to Him, made to declare the praises of the One who called us out of darkness into His wonderful light.

In order to be called out of darkness, we must have been in the darkness. God doesn’t redeem us as an after thought. He’s not an accidental God.   He allows us to go through the dump knowing that He will use our deepest pain for His greatest calling, for our greatest joy. He doesn’t waste a hurt.

If you’re going through something right now, that may not be of great comfort.  You may be angry that Jesus would allow you to hurt so deeply.  How can someone who supposedly loves you so much allow you to hurt so much?  I can tell you that I understand that question.  I have experienced loneliness, loss and hopelessness.

My life verse is Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Notice the word “all.” Not “some” things, ALL things!   This verse is a promise.  I have experienced this truth profoundly in my own life.

Take a look at the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly.  The caterpillar goes through an amazing journey of change and distortion to become the butterfly.  It actually consumes itself in the process!  Is it possible that you are that caterpillar called to the beautiful life of the butterfly?

When we keep our eyes on things above, not on the things of this world, we can get a glimpse into the mysteries of God’s promises.  Our challenge is to know God’s Word. His Word is where we draw our strength and hope.  His Word is alive. His Word changes us.  His Word speaks to us and transform us into the butterfly.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17