Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. (Ephesians 1:4 NLT)
So often, we feel like our roots are based on our ethnicity or the family we were raised in. We base our identity in this background and based on our past experiences growing up in these groups. Our origins do not derive from our ethnicity or family background but they are in Christ! In fact, our origins were in Him before the foundation of the world! At that point He chose us to be holy and blameless in His sight (Ephesians 1:14 NIV). Since God sits outside of time in eternity, the “fall of man” was of no consequence to Him. He saw the work of redemption and the finished work of the cross as a done deal (John 19:30). Consequently, our origins from eternities past is the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). Regardless of what you may have done in your past or what family you come from your origins are in the Lord so you are royalty on today (Revelation 1:6)!
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).
Notice that today's verse of Scripture does not say that we are as other people think about us but that we are as we think about ourselves! Essentially, the opinions of others do not matter! We are who God says we are and who we think we are, not who others say or think we are!
In the book of Numbers when the 12 spies were sent to spy out the land God promised to give the people of Israel, 10 of the spies bought back a fear filled report to Moses saying that they could not take the land (Numbers 13:28-32). God had previously stated that He had (past tense) given the people the land. Nonetheless, the 10 fearful spies in the thirteenth chapter of Numbers said, "And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight" (Numbers 13:33). These negative thinking spies allowed the way they "thought" people saw them to determine how they felt about themselves. Again, we are not who people think we are or how we feel people may see us but we are who God says we are. Remember that God says you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37), you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), and that you are accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6). Receive it on today!
Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick...When he heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. John 11:3,6
Jesus was not concerned about what people thought about Him! In the eleventh chapter of John, we see the account of Jesus ultimately raising Lazarus from the dead. Although this miracle ultimately occurred, initially we see Jesus delaying going to heal Lazarus by staying two days in the place He was at when He heard Lazarus was sick. In fact, the Bible records that "Jesus loved Martha, and her sister" Mary (John 11:5). The Bible articulates the fact that Jesus loved Martha and Mary to illustrate the close bond He shared with them. It would stand to reason that when the sisters sent word to Jesus that their brother Lazarus was sick, that He would have rushed to heal Lazarus because of the love He had for that family. Nonetheless, Jesus was not concerned about what Mary and Martha would think about His delaying coming to them and knew a greater manifestation of God's grace would occur than a healing because Lazarus would die and Jesus would ultimately raise Him from the dead (John 11:43-44). Jesus did not go when the sisters wanted Him to go, but when His Father God told Him to go!
Similarly, we cannot live our lives based on the expectations of others! It can be tempting to try to live up to the expectations of a parent for example, a close friend, or spouse. We are to live our lives based on doing what the Lord alone leads us to do and not to please others! We must be strong enough in Christ and in our own identity to not be moved by the criticism of others when we don't live up to their expectations. Don't be concerned about what people may think of you on today but know that you are already accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6)!