Welcome to something new I am doing on the site. This will be a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional. We can all love new music being introduced to us.
This devotional is titled “Identity”. It is 4 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Michael Morejon will be assisting me with this devotional series by providing his own commentary as well.
1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
Galatians 1:10 “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
It can be tempting to let what others say about us define who we believe we are. But that’s not where our identity comes from. You are not what others say and think you are; you are what God says and thinks you are.
You are not on your own; you belong to God. You are His, and always will be. People will always look at us on the outside. They’ll think who we are depends on how we look and whether we’re cool or not. But God looks at our hearts, and we’ll only have peace when we believe who God says we are: His precious creations that He loves.
It is human nature to want to impress and receive the approval of others. Needless to say, it is impossible to have everyone like/approve of you. You will see many commercials, especially at Christmas time, that make it seem like if you get new clothes then you will be happy. All it takes is some style and then you will finally be liked by others! Ignoring the fact that the best way to actually save money, is to not spend it on more clothes that you do not need. I am glad that the only one who I aim to please is God. His standards never change and He loves me as I am.
Your identity does not come from your career, your clothes, your beauty or your bank account. Even if some people don’t think that your worth anything, their opinion is invalid. God looks at us on the inside, not on the outside. Just like He told the Prophet Samuel that He looks at our hearts, not our exteriors, we need to tell ourselves that we are who God says we are.
Focus on His thoughts for you and put your identity in Christ. Nobody is perfect and we all have some kind of weaknesses or flaw, He made us carefully and with much care. We are His creation, and that’s what we need to focus on when we feel inadequate, ugly or without purpose.