Do you sometimes think people look at you and see someone who’s not enough – not capable enough, not mature enough, not interesting enough? I do, and I’ve a feeling I’m not the only one. Where do we go for help at times like that?
At the beginning of the week, I was out with a team of people doing a school assembly. I had to stand up, take a few steps forward and turn to face the children; that’s all. Someone I hadn’t worked with before saw my blindness and thought the children would worry about me, but I think she was more worried than any of them were! She was constantly fussing. Was I happy to do it? Did I want her to walk with me? I left that building feeling I was no good and couldn’t do anything right. Yes, that was rubbish, but feelings can be like that. So, a couple of days later, before the next assembly, I went to one of my favourite verses in the Bible. I wanted to remind myself of truth before I went out into the world: “Since you are precious and honoured in my sight, and because I love you” – Isaiah 43:4. Did you get that? God does not see you as no good. You are precious and honoured in His sight.
There’s another, similar one: “The LORD bestows favour and honour; no good thing does He withhold from those whose walk is blameless” – Psalm 84:11.
And here’s the one I particularly wanted to share. It came into my mind this morning: “Jesus and the people He makes holy all belong to the same family. That is why He isn’t ashamed to call them His brothers and sisters” – Hebrews 2:11 (Contemporary English Version). What a great chapter Hebrews 2 is, and I can still remember when I first heard that verse – 20 March 2005; I even remember who was preaching. I remember it because it absolutely blew me away, and it still does: Jesus is not ashamed to call me His sister; to call you His sister; to call you His brother. He loves us! He died and took away our stuff that God couldn’t look at, so God could look at us – so we’d be able to spend time with Him for eternity.
Let me end with a question. If the Lord Jesus isn’t ashamed of you, who are you to be ashamed of yourself?