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Thought for the week W/C – 14/08/2023


Who does God say we are?

The World has so many expectations of who we should be and how we should appear – A good parent, a good employee, dress well, earn money, be a good boss, have a social life, don’t get stressed. The list is endless and we’re continuously under pressure to be the person that the world expects. Do we get sucked into this or do we try to be who God wants us to be and who God tells us we are?

It’s nice to be reassured and praised and I know that I value positive feedback in my life as it makes me feel good, however when I am on my own with my own thoughts I can sometimes start to doubt myself. “Did I say the wrong thing to that person earlier?”, “Was I as kind as I could have been?”, “what if I’m not very good at my job?”, “what does that person think of me?”

All these thoughts and doubts can fly through our minds daily at 100mph! The challenge for us is to not let them consume us, and to refocus our thoughts. In the bible there are lots of examples of who God says we are and when you look at them, it’s encouraging and uplifting! Here are some biblical truths about who God says we are:

  1. I am Saved (2 Timothy 1:9)
  2. I am Complete (Colossians 2:10)
  3. I am Chosen (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
  4. I am Forgiven (1 John 2:12)
  5. I am a New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  6. I am a Child of God (1 John 3:1)
  7. I am Redeemed (Ephesians 1:7)
  8. I am Light (Matthew 5:14)
  9. I am Justified (Romans 5:1)
  10. I am free from Sin (Romans 6:22)
  11. I am God’s Temple (1 Corinthians 3:16)
  12. I am Called (1 Corinthians 7:17)
  13. I am Created for Good Works (Ephesians 2:10)
  14. I am Safe in Christ (Colossians 3:3)

These are only some of the truths about us found in the bible. It’s so encouraging!
There are so many expectations of us and the world can be a hard place to be sometimes, however if we refocus our thoughts on who God says we are, the world can be an exciting and blessed place to be.

If we look at number 8 in the list above. We are light. Matthew tells us that we are “the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” We are called to be a light that shines bright in the world, shining the love of Jesus into the world. It’s very easy to get pulled into the darkness of the world and into negative thoughts, and let our doubts consume us, however we need to be reassured that God has a plan for us and we are called to be his disciple and to show others what it means to know him.

Thinking about your friends, family and colleagues, how many of them do you think struggle with the same kind of things we do, but don’t have God to turn to? How many people do you think would benefit from reassurance that they are loved and cared for? It’s not always easy to have these kind of the conversations with our family, friends and colleagues, but we can show them what it means to us to have God in our lives.

For Reflection

  • Who do you feel you are?
  • Is your identity routed in who God says you are?
  • What other examples can you find in the Bible of who God says you are?

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

We thank you Lord that you have a plan for us and that we are precious in your sight.
You have a plan for us and we pray that you give us strength to own our identity, routed in you.
Help us to be a light that shines your love into the world so that all can come to know and love you as we do.
Amen

Written by Huw Ap Dewi

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