I heard the new Selena Gomez song the other day, and I know what you’re thinking, “Come on Josh! Don’t talk about that song…” But I listened to the lyrics, and I saw such a great meaning and question in them. Near the end of the song Selena says,
"Who says you’re not star potential? Who says you’re not presidential? Who says you can’t be in movies? Listen to me, listen to me. Who says you don’t past the test? Who says you can’t be the best?…
Who says you’re not perfect? Who says you’re not worth it? Who says you’re the only one that’s hurting?…
Now I know some of you may hate me for quoting this song (I hope not), but I think as a Christian, these are very important questions. I mean, all of us have people in our lives that are constantly negative or make us feel like we can’t do anything.
I have two questions for you:
- Honestly ask yourself, who says these negative things about you? Is it a person at school? Is it a person in your family? Is it a “friend?” (I put friend in quotes because I don’t think they’re being a good friend if so)
- Second, what does God think about you? Not not anyone, but God. The creator of universe and the tiniest creature. The person who died for everyone and you in particular.
After asking those two questions, I hope that you can see the irony that’s going on with many of us. We accept what others are saying about us (both good and bad) but we either ignore or forget what the most important person in the world thinks about you! We must remember who God is and why we should remember (although it seems like it should be easy, but its not) to think of how great our God is!
In Deutronomy 10:17-18 is tells us,
“For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.” (NIV)
Then in Psalms 33:11-13 we are told,
“But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind” (NIV)
So, I think this is a good time to look at a few verses that you should memorize and/or put in some prominent places around your house or your things to keep reminded of what God thinks about you. The only person whose personal tastes we should care about.
Of course, this is one you’ve probably heard of before. But this time don’t just read it, but replace “world” with your own name:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (WEB)
We are also told,
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” 1 John 3:1-2 (WEB)
Wow! That is mind-boggling to me! To think that God–the creator of the universe–calls me His son, and loves me as one! That’s insane. God loves you more than anything else in this world. No one else has that much love nor has anyone else showed you their love in such a full and awesome way.
Another great verse is,
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
Finally, there are two verses that I want to leave you with. First,
“Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance” - Colossians 3:12 (WEB)
God calls us his chosen or more accurately called out ones. God says we are holy. God says we are beloved. This is all before telling us what we should do! He calls us these things because that is who we are in Him. Isn’t that incredible?? I think so.
Now that we have these incredible things in mind, we need to remember two last things. God calls us these things not by our own doing, but through what Christ did on the cross. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, when we believe through Him, we become all of these things!
Finally, it can be very easy for us to become negative or mean towards the people who are that way to us, but the last verse I’d like to leave you with is this,
…bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.” – Colossians 3:13 (WEB)
This doesn’t mean that we allow people to continually hurt us (physically or emotionally), but it means that there is nothing that anyone can do to us that is worse than what we have done to Christ, yet He still forgave us all! Therefore, we should share that very same forgiveness with others.
God is amazing! In Him, God has made us amazing! So, I’d like to ask you, who says you’re not worth it or good enough in comparison?
Honestly, who says?
Joshua Kaufmann is a a young, Christian missionary blogger (and vlogger) who desires to follow Jesus (my epic God) and grow/strengthen His body using every possible means! He desires to be Jesus' witness and show His love and grace across all boundaries of land, generation, creed, or ethnicity! http://www.joshuakaufmann.com/