Stop and think about the power of authenticity and the wonder of being the ‘You’ God has always meant for you to be.

Even though you and I have made our fair share of mistakes and even though we’ve acted sinfully in ways that are beneath us, Christ died for us! While we were yet sinners, He took our place, paid the payment, so that we could be free. And as we lay hold of our paid-for freedom in Christ, we begin to act, pray, love, and live like Jesus did.

It’s crucial that we shake free from our pasts! And just as crucial that we not try to find identity in what we do. Often when I’m out and about speaking at conferences and retreats, I have women place their hand on their heart and repeat after me (okay, I want you to do it too!):

I’m NOT who I was
I’m NOT what I do
I’m someone He enjoys

Say it again. And again. Remind yourself daily that you are not a compilation of your past sins and missteps. You’re not defined by your track record or your family line. What makes you special isn’t defined by what you do. What happens if you lose your job? Are you no longer special? You are priceless because God says you are! And He is the final authority on the matter!

You are someone – as far as Christ is concerned – worth saving and of great value. And spite of your weaknesses and foibles, God wants to use you to change the world.

6 Responses to "You are not what you do"

  • Pam says:

    I have a daughter who is in a same sex relationship. ….what do I tell her?…..She believes God lives her and made her the way she is….I have tried to explain that you have to repent of sin to be forgiven…..She goes to church ….and still believes God is ok with what she is doing….I pray for her….it’s been almost 5 yrs she has been in this relationship. …I have told her what God says about this….and where I stand …..and that I could never condone this ….are relationship has not been the same since her decision to be in this life style …although ..it is somewhat stable …the littlest comment sends I back to square one…It very hard….

  • I shared this on my wall on June 9th because it spoke to me so much and one week later I learned that my position at work had been eliminated. I felt so rejected and that I had no value but God began to speak His truth to me through words like this and now I’m trusting and believing that “God wants to use me to change the world”!
    Thank you Susie <3

    1. Ashley says:

      Take heart Lanette! God delights in you (Zephaniah 3:17).

  • Paul says:

    What a simple, powerful, and blessed thought on how HE perceives us.

  • Monica says:

    Thank you…..I have been struggling and wanting to die. This a given be hope

  • Jane says:

    Thank you. Needed this tonight.

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