Bible Reading: Psalm 91:1-12
He orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. Psalm 91:11
Trevor couldn’t wait to reach middle school. He could finally take Tech Ed. He imagined that his first class project would be to put a loft in his bedroom. His next would be to build a house-sized half-pipe for backyard skateboarding. And his crowning achievement would be to erect an Olympic-sized ski jump on the empty lot behind his school.
Trevor was totally disappointed when he learned that Tech Ed class only lasted forty-five minutes. He was wildly discouraged when his teacher said his first assignment was to make a little knickknack for home, picking from a half dozen designs for napkin holders, recipe boxes, and dresser organizers. But Trevor doubled over in dismay when he received his project back. The grading sheet attached by the teacher screamed “F.” At the top of the sheet was scrawled a question: “What is it?”
If you’re looking at someone’s thingamabob school project and you can’t figure out what it is, there’s only one place to find out. You ask its creator.
So if you’re trying hard to figure out who you really are, who should you ask? The One who made you, of course. God is the One who knows exactly who you are.
So how exactly does God see you?
First, God sees you as eternally lovable. He is your Father. He created you in his own image (see Genesis 1:26-27). You are the best expression of his creative genius. In response to your faith in Christ, he welcomed you into his family as his child (see John 1:12-13). God loves you so much that he appointed his angels to watch over you (see Psalm 91:11-12).
Second, God sees you as infinitely valuable. At the Cross God declared to everyone listening that you are worth the gift of Jesus Christ, his dearly loved Son. If you ever put a price tag on yourself, it would have to read “JESUS!” because it was the price of Jesus’ life that God paid to save you (see 1 Peter 1:18-19).
Third, God sees you as thoroughly capable. Paul boasted, “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need” (Philippians 4:13). God trusts you so much that he left you on earth to complete the ministry Jesus began. He’s given you the job of leading people back to him (see 2 Corinthians 5:20).
If you want a clear view of your true identity, you need to see yourself as God sees you—no more and no less. You’re lovable, valuable, and capable. No doubt about it, that’s what you are!
TALK: Have you ever felt like a messed-up school project? Who do you listen to when you want to know who you really are?
PRAY: Father, help us to see ourselves as you see us—with your true view.
ACT: Tell a friend what it means to be lovable, valuable, and capable.