My people shall never be ashamed. Joel 2:27
In the movie, The Edge, Anthony Hopkins's character, Charles Morse stated that most people lost in the wilderness die because of shame! Sometimes when we get off course in life, the tendency is to feel ashamed and beat ourselves up which prevents us from pursuing the dreams and passion that were once in our heart! Consequently, we settle for mediocrity! God never intended for us to die in our wilderness experiences or to settle for mediocrity in life due to shame! The key to overcoming and getting out of any wilderness experience is not to fall prey to condemnation and shame! You are created in the image and likeness of Almighty God (Genesis 1:26)! Divinity is your identity and not shame!
And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Genesis 1:26
The greatest tragedy in life is to die and not realize the treasure that lies within! The Bible is clear that we are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26). Often we lose sight of this fact based on unhealthy comparisons to others, feeling we don't measure up to societal expectations, or insecurities that are deep rooted from our youth that emphasize negative qualities about ourselves. Jesus felt confident and complete about who He was regardless of whether or not He was like others and regardless of what other people said about Him. We too should be confident that we are created in the image of God, accepted by Him, and His Beloved (Ephesians 1:6). What a tragedy it is to be more wonderful than you think you are and not even realize it! What an even bigger tragedy it is to contain wonderful God given qualities and to go through life and die without ever realizing it! Revelation 1:6 states that we are "kings and priests unto God." We are created in the image and likeness of God, valued by the God of the universe, and are to realize the royalty that lies within each of us as born again Believers! Let us continue to endeavor to experience the unconditional love and acceptance of God, the grace of God, and to unearth the treasure that lies within each of us!
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
The current adverse circumstance you may be experiencing is not the real you. Just like your bank account balance, physical appearance, job title, or social status is not the real you! The real you predates what you may currently be experiencing and has its origins in eternity! You are eternally loved, forgiven, accepted, and complete in Christ! You always have been, are now, and will always be complete! It does not matter how challenging things may currently appear to be in the sense/natural realm you are complete now! While we are not oblivious to the sickness, financial lack, broken relationship, or illness that may appear in the sense realm, we do not derive our identity or value from these things. Our identity is derived in Christ and we are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10). Don’t focus on the current challenge you may be facing, but your eternal identity in Christ! Essentially, “Look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18)!