No I’m Not

When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior…Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand.”
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
Judges 6:12, 14-15

When God shows you who you are, your first reaction will be no I’m not.

I’m not a mighty warrior.
I’m not called to do that.
I’m not good enough.
I’m not capable.
I’m not worthy.
I’m not beautiful.
I’m not lovable.
I’m not…

But how God sees you isn’t based on your pedigree or performance.
It’s based on the potential He’s placed inside of you.

God does not measure you based on your lowest moments.
He measures you based on your high calling.

God does not define your life based on what you have done or who you are.
He defines your life based on what Jesus has done for you and who Jesus is in you.

And that’s the only thing that matters.

Long before God ever showed you who you are or what you’re here to do, He knew who you were and what you had done and would do. In other words, God isn’t shocked by our protests or feelings of inadequacy.

Abraham didn’t shock God when he told Him he was old.
Moses didn’t shock God when he told Him he was a stutterer.
Gideon didn’t shock God when he told Him he was the most insignificant person in the most insignificant clan.

And they didn’t change God’s mind either.

When God has spoken, you don’t get to seek a second opinion. Including your own. Especially your own.

You’re not the world’s leading expert on yourself. The One who custom-designed you from before your conception is. You’re not the world’s leading expert on your worth before God. The One who has made you worthy in and through His Son is.

When God shows you who you are, your first reaction will be no I’m not.
Luckily your first reaction isn’t the final word.

This post was originally published on December 21, 2010.