What do you believe to be true about yourself?
If you have negative beliefs about yourself, have you ever stopped to think about how they got there in the first place?
If you have positive beliefs about yourself, what in your life brought you to that conclusion?
We all have beliefs about ourselves, we have images of who we are, what we like, what we don’t like and what we hold true to our heart. We were not born with these beliefs, who how did we get them?
One of the most common ways we recieve these beliefs is from other people. Starting with the day that we were born we have recieved messages from important people in our lives (teachers, parents, friends, ect). These messages have been both positive and negative. Throughout our life we decide what messages we want to keep and what message we want to ignore. That is not always easy, however it is easy for us to remember everything people say about us (especially the negative messages).
At some point we come into our own identity. We may use the advice from other people. Jesus did this. He said to his friends one day:
“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. Matthew 16: 13b-17
Jesus knew why he was sent into the world, he knew what his purpose was, but he still wanted to know what people thought about him. His disciples were honest with him, they said that some people think he is John the Baptist, others think Elijah, still others are not sure — they know that he is important but they don’t know why.
Then Jesus said “you are my friends, you know me the best, who do YOU say that I am — and Peter got it right. He said that he knew Jesus was the messiah.
Our good friends know who we are…..
Our God knows who we are….
When Jesus came out of the waters of his baptism God said “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3: 17
So when we are trying to figure out who we are, it is okay to listen to our close friends – it is okay to listen to people we trust. But even more so let us listen to God. God tells us that we are His beloved children and God tells us that He loves us.
So what does our God say about You?