Psalms 139:13-16 NAS, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”
God’s creation is loaded with unique attributes and it shows His love for diversity. The variation in color, size and sound makes the universe seemingly infinite. God made you to be distinct from the rest of creation as well. From the dust of the ground mankind was formed from Adam to begin a line of people designated to know, worship and experience God in a most special way. From before you took your first breath, God mapped out a life for you as Psalms 139 explains. God provided each of us a life where we would know Him and enjoy a relationship with Him as a heavenly Father. Beyond sketching out the details of your personality, the family you would be born in and even the time that you would come into this world, God Almighty looked forward and included in His book all the days that were ordained for you.
Each day we have the opportunity to be fully-authentic, genuine and honest about who we are. We do not need to hide in the crowd, and as the people of God, we do not have a need for approval from others. A wonderful man was recently delivered from social anxiety. When describing his struggle with this problem, he explained that he never knew what the people around him wanted him to be. “Being comfortable in our own skin” whether among friends, at work or even at church is essential. We do not need to guess around what other people want us to be. We know what the Word of God says. Who we are, and who we are to be in any given situation, is based on Christ Jesus. As we look to him, we are changed and reflect his glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). As we focus on Christ Jesus our Lord, we can continue to strive to imitate God through forgiveness and sacrificial love.
Ephesians 4:30-5:2 NAS, “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
Let us always be confident because the spirit of God is within us (2 Corinthians 5:5 and 6), letting go of all malice and walking in love as Christ also loved you.