Questioning yourself isn’t always helpful. We question why we’re in London, why we’re in the industry we are, why we do the things we do… and often the answers to these questions can lead to doubt. Self-doubt. If we’re not careful this can turn into bitterness, anger and cold-heartedness - robbing us of remembering who we really are in Jesus Christ.
But Christ does not want this for us. Surely not…why would someone who love us unconditionally want us to feel this way when we question the world around us?
I was looking for answers on this and came across a profound statement in a sermon. It simply said “YOU MATTER”. I was wondering what this meant and how this could possibly help me in answering my doubts.
Simply said: we live from the heart. What we think, what we believe about ourselves will eventually shape what we do and how we live.
Now we know that we matter to God because he loved us so much he sent his son to die for our sins. But do we really believe that we matter to him? When we don’t believe that we matter to him, that we are his treasured possessions we will never live the way we were supposed to live - we will never walk the way we are supposed to walk.
For this reason Paul wrote to the Thessalonians:
For you know how, like a father with his children, 12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, ESV)
See how easily we forget who we are. Believers are citizens of God’s kingdom and glory but we need to be reminded - ‘exhorted… encouraged… and charged’. These are strong words, because our instincts against God is also strong.
But, Henry, why don’t I feel it sometimes? Good question…is it belief? Is it a question of faith?
Remember, who you are in Christ. You may never have heard it before. You may never have had someone look you in the eye and into your soul and tell you that you matter. But, God says this to us every single day when we remember the cross.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17, ESV)
The cross is proof that we matter. Looking at our lives - where we live, what we do, what we earn - can lead to so much self-doubt. But looking at Jesus’ life - where he died, what he did, what he earned for us - will lead to so much more joy and security.
- Henry Langley