I’ve been loving our #notsmalltalk series and you all have left me so many great topics and discussions each week on my Instagram comments and today I’m really fired up about this one:
“I’d really like to see you delve into knowing ones worth. So many young people sell themselves short and it’s just heartbreaking.” – @ldk12
I really appreciate Lisa for commenting this on my Instagram, because once I discovered my self-worth, I was really able to start living out my purpose and get clear on what the calling was on my life. We waste a lot of our time in life when we are held in bondage by limiting thoughts and beliefs we have of ourselves. I believe (and these are just my thoughts here and down below), that we all have a purpose for being here. When I started to learn and understand what God has said about me, the heart of God and how loved we are by Him, that is when I came into my identity. It’s important to reflect on where you draw your worth from: is it the approval/permission of others, our culture, our jobs, mistakes/sins or our outer appearance and bodies? We develop what we think about ourselves through our experiences and what we’ve been told/how we’ve been treated. I carried “stuff” with me for a long time that became attached to my personality and how worthy I felt of relationships, success, love and even forgiveness.
You are defined by who God says you are. The good news here is that He calls you all of these things:
Chosen, called of God, being changed into His image, a new creation, the temple of the Holy Spirit, forgiven of all of your sins, redeemed from the curse of the law, blessed, the head and not the tail, above and not beneath, victorious, set free, strong in the Lod, healed by His wounds, free from condemnation, reconciled to God, heirs with Christ, more than a conquerer, accepted in Him, complete in Him. You are enough, you are apart of something bigger than yourself, you are loved by God, you are bought at a precious price, you are free, you have purpose, called to be the salt of the earth and light in the world, justified by Christ’s blood, free from condemnation, a new creation. You are not your past, shortcomings or failures.
Whenever you feel unloved, or not as important as the other person in the room or in the world, remember who you belong to. You are fearfully and wonderfully made Psalm 139:14. I would love to see this generation rise and take back what’s been stolen from them and live out their full purpose and calling, knowing their worth. Loving themselves, and knowing they are loved enough for someone to die for them, which is what Jesus did on that cross. He did that so we could be free from the lies and condemnation.
I think people want to be seen. It’s why they care so much about trivial things like followers/likes now with social media, compare themselves to the point where it steals the joy in their day, lash out in negativity or hate (this is a big cry for help) and why most people feel less than and need to have or be more. My life started making sense when I understood where my identity came from. I love this quote by one of my favourite authors and mentors from afar, Ann Voskamp, “When your identity is in Christ, your identity is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Criticism can’t change it. Failing can’t shake it. Lists can’t determine it. When your identity is in the Rock, your identity is rock-solid.”
Save this as your wallpaper or post on your Instagram stories and tag @stephsterjovski + @ssprintshop (if you’d like) to share this reminder of who we are in Christ. xoxo