by Melanie Wai
What are some words you would use to describe yourself?
Tall, short, thin, not so thin, black hair, blonde hair, long hair, no hair, just starting out, got a few years under your belt, outgoing, introverted, life of the party, wallflower, hard to know, gregarious? The list could go on.
When you think about your messes and your brokenness, what words would you use? What words do you use to identify yourself?
Inadequate. Undeserving. Lost cause. Useless. Failure.
These are words I once used to describe myself, so enslaved was I by my sin. I had gotten so deep into a pit I couldn’t see who I really was…whose I really was. It was like the enemy had stolen my identity, making me feel I was unlovable, unwanted, and unusable, feeding me lies I didn’t want to believe to be true but so easily did. I had disqualified myself from being anything but a detriment to all things spiritual. How could I help anyone else when I could barely get myself out the door? It wasn’t until I had gotten to the point of no return that God was able to turn me around and begin my healing.
So I wasn’t disqualified after all. I hadn’t lost my identity. I never did.
Jesus said in John 8:12 “I am the light of he world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
The great I Am brought me out of the darkness and opened my eyes once again to His marvelous light! He healed me and has graciously left me with beautiful scars. Reminders of His redemption, His grace, His forgiveness and His mercy!
God knows your story better than you do – your brokenness, your favorite sin, your ungodly thoughts, your dysfunctional habits – yet He still says, “Come, follow me, I have plans for you!”
He can use our scars for His greater works. But I think so often we use them as excuses. Excuses for saying no to His calling. Excuses for not getting involved when we should. “But people will see, what if they find out about…, they will look at me, I don’t know anything about…, what if someone asks me a question I don’t know the answer to…”
Oh my friends, if “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts, it would be Christmas everyday. It’s time to stop making excuses and start getting in the game! Your identity is in Jesus Christ! The great I Am. The Resurrection and the Life, He is the Door, the Bread of Life, the Way, and the Truth! He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Son of the Almighty God! And if He is your Lord and Savior, you are His. Your identity is in Him. It’s not in your past, what you did or what your were. It’s in whose you are right now. And what Jesus did on the cross has more than qualified you for the amazing things He wants to do in your life. So go ahead.
Show off your beautiful scars!