James 2:9-10 “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
I don’t know about you, but I am my own worst critic. I grew up always having everything I did wrong pointed out. If I dropped a pass in football, I ran the exact same route 10 more times. Baseball, same thing. When I wasn’t perfect, my dad was quick to point out the things I was not doing right and hardly ever praising the things I did right. It caused me to struggle in my self-esteem, not believing I was good enough and always trying to impress and please my dad but always falling short. In the end as I grew up, I struggled in my own life because I became so ingrained to notice the things I did wrong, I was quick to find the negative and I lived a life thinking I was nothing. Then one day, that all changed. I met the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and was forever changed!
Did you realize that you are royalty? You are a son or daughter of the King! (Check out 2 Corinthians 6:18) When we were called out of darkness we were adopted into the royal family. Too many times we look in the mirror and we don’t see the person God sees. We see our mistakes, blemishes, failures, and unmet expectations but God sees us not as who we are but as who we will become. He adopted us into His family when we gave our lives to Christ and we have to start viewing ourselves through God’s eyes. As King’s Kids who matter, have purpose and hope in life.
If you have been struggling with self-doubt, low self-esteem or depression take some time today and ask God to show you how He sees you in Christ and not how you have been seeing yourself. Remember it is in our weakness that God will find strength and there is nothing that is impossible for God to accomplish in our lives.