Happy Sunday! It’s been two weeks since my last “Scripture Sunday” post and you know what that means… time for another one! Today’s installment is about finding your identity in Christ, something I’ve found so enchanting recently. I’m excited for you to read this, I hope you love it as much as I do! As usual with these Scripture posts, if you are offended by Christianity or the Word of God for whatever reason, feel free to scroll past this post and read a recent fashion or lifestyle post. Now that that disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get into this week’s “Scripture Sunday!”
Psalm 139:14; I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
We grow up hearing cliche phrases like “just be yourself” and “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”. At the time when we first start to hear those sayings in elementary school, they seem obvious. Who else would I be, mom? As we grow up, these phrases begin to hit us a little harder. As humans, we are constantly seeking the approval of others. We are constantly striving to please those around us, to be liked, to be thought of as “cool.” I’m a junior in high school and now more than ever I find myself thinking “Would they think this is cool?” or “Is this too lame?” before wearing an outfit to school or posting a photo on Instagram. This sounds pretty silly, but I think we all do it to an extent. Even if we like to think of ourselves as “unapologetically me” we all still question how our actions, outfits, and words will be viewed by our peers.
In the week I spent at Frontier Ranch (a YoungLife camp) in the beginning of the summer, I heard something new. During cabin time, one of my leaders said “Our purpose is to be loved by God.” I hadn’t ever really thought of that, and it’s so relieving to hear. While you might think of your earthly purpose as a future profession you’re meant to take on or a group of people you’re supposed to share the Gospel with (which are both awesome things, don’t get me wrong), your ultimate purpose is simply to accept God, love Him and be loved by Him, live with Him, and share that love.
I recently came across Psalm 139:14 and found it to be so beautiful and refreshing. The verse says “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Hearing this makes you wonder how you could possibly seek out your identity and worth in others when you were fearfully and wonderfully made by the creator of this Earth. The same artist, per se, who sculpted the mountains, filled the seas with coral reefs and an innumerable amount of fish, and paints the skies with bright oranges and pinks every sunset and sunrise also created you. It’s so easy to look at His other works, these earthly wonders, and think of them as wonderful, but do we see ourselves and others that way? Does it register with you that an artist far more talented than Vincent van Gough or Pablo Picasso also created you?
This week, take a little time to enjoy God’s artistry, then remember that He sees you as His most marvelous creation. Crazy, isn’t it? He doesn’t think so. You are here to be loved by Him. At the end of the day, if you feel like the only approval you’re getting is from God, know that is more than enough. If “loved by God” is all you have to your name, know that’s all you need. Find your identity in His love instead of others’ opinions of you.
Thanks for reading. Have a blessed week! Read my previous “Scripture Sunday” posts here.