I am part of an exercise accountability group. I paid a decent amount of money to gain access to a library of at home workout videos and as a result I also received access to this accountability group. So, if the payment alone wasn’t incentive enough, I also have a group of people who are keeping me accountable… honestly, the group holds more weight than remembering how much I paid, on most days. Though they seem to balance out nicely.
Quite frankly, I need every incentive possible to motivate myself to exercise during my children’s nap each afternoon instead of binge-watching Netflix.
Each day the group leader gives us an “assignment,” if you will, to check in and stay up to date. Today’s was to post a comment tagging someone in the group who we’re proud of or who inspires us.
My first thought was “wow, what a cool idea!” Followed closely by, “did anyone tag me?”
As I scrolled through the updates, not surprised to find that indeed no one had tagged me as their inspiration. I shook off my disappointment and prayed for the right person to tag. A name quickly came to mind and as I sat for a minute to think of the right words to write in the comment section, I realized that I was nervous to write a note of encouragement to an [almost] complete stranger.
I found myself considering my words with hesitancy, wanting to be encouraging but not come off as foolish. I started to tear up as I remembered the hold people’s opinions have over me. It’s a bond I’ve asked God to break hundreds of times over, yet it still has me ensnared.
The need to be recognized and valued is deeply rooted in each of us. God created us this way so that we would look to Him for our fulfillment.
Colossians 2:9-10 says, “For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.”
If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, then you are made complete through Christ. That is a promise we can rest in.
As I prayed through my emotions, I felt the Lord impressing on me the opinion of God matters more than the opinion of man.
While I may be overlooked as an inspiration to anyone in my accountability group and I most definitely will be looked down at because of professing my faith in Jesus. I also know that the opinion of man stands void next to what God says about me.
The reality of being a Christian in today’s day and in generations to come may mean that we’re unnoticed or ignored. As humans, we feel the weight of that hurt, but we can also cling to the truth of the gospel.
If you’re in need of some encouragement today, read through these declarations of what God says about you.
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.” John 10:27-29
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.” John 15:14-16
“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, ‘For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.’) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8:35-37