When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some think he is John the Baptizer, some say Elijah, some Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
He pressed them, “And how about you? Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter said, “You’re the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:13-16 MSG
There are times when it’s nice to be affirmed by others, but it should never be the determining factor of who you truly are. In the natural, I’m Sandra (Hulbert) Gregory, daughter of Glenn Thomas Hulbert and Doris Joann Smith. But in the Spirit, I’m a child of God, made in His image, strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Nobody can take that from me because nobody’s opinion matters but His.
1 Peter 2:9-10 says it like this; “But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it!”
It doesn’t matter how others see you, what matters most is how you see yourself. If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for all sin so that you could be adopted into the family of God, then it’s a done deal! No one can take that from you. No one. Their opinions don’t matter. Their qualifications don’t matter. Their comments don’t matter. You matter most because you are His.
God put a deep passion inside of you that burns to do something no one else can do as well as you. His seeds planted to develop the best in you so that you can plant seed in others, that they too can produce fruit for His Kingdom. His Spirit lives in you to enable you to do so much more.
Don’t let any one derail you or set you off course. Keep your eyes on Jesus and allow Him to direct you where He needs you. If it’s writing, write. If it’s praying, pray. If it’s singing, sing. If it’s talking, talk. Allow God to develop your gift and it will be so productive it will blow you away and everyone else who thought you were a mere human.