You knitted me in my mother's womb. I praise you, God, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
Maybe my soul doesn't know it very well. The world has long tried to convince me that I am lacking.
What if I took this one verse seriously?
"Start with the grace of resting in your dignity, then let the truth of identity flow out of that." Christopher Huertz says.
Dignity is something worthy of honor and respect. I need the grace, the gift to rest in that one truth. I am God's and I have been from the beginning. He formed me, with the intention of having ownership over me. He knitted me - blocked in my qualities such that they define me, cover and protect me. They provide the definition of who I am and whose I am.
And as his creation, I am awesome and astonishing and wonderfully made. My personhood is distinctive, distinguished and filled with the wonder of humanity and my uniqueness. This is that gift he created me to be - a representation of himself in my unique form. That is my identity: my value and worth as assigned by God. My distinctiveness is part of God's creative design.
As such, it is to be honored - held in esteem as to its valued and selective uniqueness. You, too, are so created!
These truths need to be held tightly against the lies the culture would generate about us. We should be aware of the persona (mask) that we would build in order to deal with the world. Our true identity holds an original righteousness that is expressed through our faithfulness in relationship to God, as our creator.
I need a humble exultation to appreciate God's great commitment to me.
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