I have believed that I am not acceptable because of what I look like or what I weigh. I have believed that I am not valuable because of the talents and gifts that I lack. I have believed that I am not lovable simply because of who I am not.
I’ve been going through Beth Moore’s study on Daniel. If I may make a recommendation today, this is a study you need to do. I know – what can you possibly learn from a guy who escaped a lion’s den, turned down eating from the king’s table, interpreted dreams, and deciphered some crazy writing on a wall, not to mention all those prophecies concerning the end of the world? Seriously, this girl is more about romance and fairy tale endings than action and adventure.
And yet this study has hit me harder than any other I have done to date.
It was in the pages of Daniel that I confronted my pride and self-absorption head on. And it was in the pages of Daniel that I was finally able to see for the first time how God sees me.
How He sees all of us.
For a visual head over to 2 Timothy 2:20-21. Or better yet, take inventory of your kitchen. Paul tells us that in our homes there are various articles of various materials used for various reasons. Some are made with finer things and are used for noble purposes. Think of your Grandma’s china that you dig out for special celebrations. And then there are the things that are made out of common material and used for less noble purposes. In my case, I have an old metal container I use for collecting weeds that has seen better days. I found it in the shed at my old house, abandoned by a previous home owner. It is cracked and broken in places and not good for anything other than collecting refuse.
You and I are like those vessels. Most of us are just ordinary people here to serve what the world would suppose a common purpose. We may even have been abandoned or left behind by someone who had no more use for us. Or maybe we have a few too many cracks and breaks in us for others to see any value in who we are and what we do.
Here’s the good part – it doesn’t matter what we are made of, or what sort of things we have held.
God has determined that through His Son, Jesus, we are made holy. Verse 21 of 2 Timothy 2 says that “if a man cleanses himself from the latter (ignoble things), he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.”
And in Ephesians 1:4: “Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.” (MSG, emphasis mine)
Did you catch that?
You and I are made holy. You and I are set apart and anointed. You and I are no longer considered ordinary vessels.
God has told us that if we would just shed the things of the world that entangle us and turn our hearts to Him, that he will anoint us and consecrate us, set us apart and make us holy.
Maybe you are like me and have believed the wrong things about yourself for far too long. Today, I encourage you to see yourself as God sees you.
You, beloved daughter of the King, are made holy.
You are accepted because He is holy.
Loved because He is holy.
Forgiven because He is holy.
Made holy because He is holy.