1 Timothy 1.9-10 (CSB): He has saved us and called with a holy calling, not according to our own works, but according to his own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.
We are a performance-driven people. Here’s what I mean: We often work hoping and striving for the approval of others. However, God did not create us to be performance-driven. He created us to live securely and confidently in his presence and in Christ Jesus. Sin corrupted what God had decreed and now we’re stuck in a rat race. How do we get out? We come to Jesus and we embrace who he says we are.
Unfortunately, we often embrace what others say of us and accept the things which are not true. In 2018, I was in counseling and I began to speak about all the things that had been said to me that I had accepted as truth. It was painful (In fact, it’s painful to write this devotion). When I finished speaking, my counselor looked at me and asked: “Are those things true? Who gave them the authority to say those things?” His point was two-fold: 1) No, those things weren't true and 2) They didn’t have the authority to speak those things.
Friend, you and I don’t have to work for God’s approval. He has acted on our behalf and has spoken truth over us and into our life. Look at today’s verse. Read it carefully, and count the number of things that we have done to earn God’s approval.
I must remind myself often that I have God’s approval and love because he has saved me and called me with a holy calling. Dear friends, nobody can change the truth that God has declared. Today, embrace your identity, worth, and value in Christ.
-Are you guilty of trying to earn God’s approval? If so, how does today’s devotion challenge you?
-What things are you believing about you identity that do not align with the truth of God’s Word?
-Pray and ask God to help you embrace your identity in Christ about what you may feel about yourself.