Who are you? Are you criticism, bitterness, hatred, violence, unforgiveness, or pride? Or, are you goodness, kindness, honor and respect? The truth is you are NOT a label, or a status on Facebook. You are NOT what your critics say. You are NOT your past or your current circumstance. It does not matter if you are not the tallest, smartest, the most creative, or the richest financially. You may not be the prettiest or the trendiest. You may have traits you call imperfections, but whatever you have or don’t have, you are supposed to have or don’t need. You were created; formed, fashioned, to look and act exactly the way God intended. You were intended! God made specific decisions about you for a purpose; it does not matter what anyone else thinks.
When Jesus asked, “who do men say that I am?” Peter could not give him one answer;Matthew 16:13-20. People who had heard, experienced, and followed Jesus didn’t really know him. After Jesus was baptized, God spoke from Heaven saying, “This is my son, in whom I am well pleased…” Matthew 17:5. You don’t have to explain or justify yourself to anyone who tries to define you. You are a child of God; that makes you royalty; an heir to the Kingdom of God. In that kingdom you have access to unconditional love and acceptance, mercy, grace, peace, forgiveness, fullness of joy, and treasures forever more!
I don’t know why God made you as you are, but I do know that God does not waste any time, place, or experience. My struggles and breakthroughs have taught me and encouraged others, and my purpose is being perfected in CHRIST, not the eyes of the world. Know that Christ loves you just the way you are, wherever you are.
Who will you believe today? The cowards who laugh at you and condemn you for not being like them or having what they have, or The One who has the power to raise you up and cause even your enemies to look up to you and treat you with honor and respect?
Christ, in his assignment to give you the assurance of eternal life in Heaven, was criticized, brutalized, sold, and crucified just for being himself – so we could be blessed. He didn’t explain himself to anyone. He had a greater purpose than to make everyone happy. With all of your differences, you have a purpose; practice it, develop it and let it propel you into greatness in spite of your critics.
Know your purpose, fulfill your destiny!