At the beginning of the year, everyone shares their New Year resolutions and what they want out of the coming months. One year, I overheard someone share how that year is a year they wanted to lean into Christ more because they’re a sinner.
This person went on to explain more by what they meant and why they feel that way. The words that followed were words that described themselves in ways no one would ever want to be said about them.
The overarching theme was they saw themselves as a worthless sinner. Not because they had a specific struggle in their life or something they were still trying to overcome but simply because they were a sinner saved by grace. And I was incredibly saddened by this.
Because this person has been serving the Lord for as long as I’ve been alive.
I couldn’t help but wonder how they sounded like they just gave their life to the Lord when I know they hadn’t. I walked away from that conversation wondering how someone stays in that mindset. Unfortunately, I’ve heard this from multiple people countless times throughout the years.
Was what this person saying wrong?
Not necessarily, but there’s a whole other side they’re missing.
It is true, we’re all sinners, we all fall short, we’re saved by grace, and because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, we’ve been given the gift of eternal life through Him.
But- there is so much more to who we are then worthless sinners.
At what point do you move past the feelings of condemnation and move forward living the life scripture calls you to while being the person God has told you to be? At what point do you recognize who you were and celebrate who you’ve become?
When you break an arm, you don’t walk around for the rest of your life sharing that your arm is broken. You say that it was broken but now it’s healed.
So, why do we talk about our life differently?
Before Christ, I was broken sinner living in darkness but now, I’m a new creation that is whole who lives in light (Ephesians 5:8).
No matter what the sin is in your life- through Christ there is no condemnation and there’s healing and freedom. And friend, I want you to walk in that.
I want you to live a life where you can share about the parts of your life that were once broken, but because of Jesus they no longer are.
I want you to live a life of freedom found in scripture and to use this freedom to do the good works God has for you (Ephesians 2:10). It’s hard to do those good words when you see yourself as a worthless sinner even after forgiveness.
Sometimes, I know it can be a struggle to see yourself the way Christ does. The past can be a powerful tool and you can be your own worst enemy.
Which is why I want to share with you who you really are. And not because this is the way I see you or the way your family sees you, but because this is the way your savior sees you.
Once you repent of your sins walk in the forgiveness offered through Christ. Know that you have been set free to sin no more (Romans 6:22).
Scriptures To Remind You Of Who You Are In the Eyes Of Christ
The hardening of my mind has been removed in Christ. 2 Corinthians 3:14
I am a new creature in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:17
I have become the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21
I have been made one with all who are in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28
I am no longer a slave but a child of an heir. Galatians 4:7
I have been set free in Christ. Galatians 5:1
I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Ephesians 1:3
I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God. Ephesians 1:4
I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ. Ephesians 1:7
I have been predestined by God to obtain an inheritance. Ephesians 1:9-11
I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13
Because of God’s mercy and love, I have been made alive with Christ. Ephesians 2:4-5
I am seated in the heavenly places with Christ. Ephesians 2:6
I am God’s workmanship created to produce good works. Ephesians 2:10
I have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13
I am a member of Christ’s body and a partaker of His promise. Ephesians 3:6; Ephesians 5:30
I have boldness and confident access to God through faith in Christ. Ephesians 3:12
My new self is righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:22-24
I was formerly darkness, but now I am light in the Lord. Ephesians 5:8
I am a citizen of heaven. Philippians 3:20
The peace of God guards my heart and mind. Philippians 4:7
God supplies all my needs. Philippians 4:19
I have been made complete in Christ. Colossians 2:9-10
I have been raised up with Christ. Colossians 3:1
My life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
Christ is my life, and I will be revealed with him in glory. Colossians 3:4
I have been chosen of God, and I am holy and beloved. Colossians 3:12
God loves me and has chosen me. 1 Thessalonians 1:4
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
I am the apple of His eye. Psalm 17
His treasured possession. Deuteronomy 7:6
My intention in sharing just a few scriptures that show how Christ views you isn’t to inflate your ego or to boost your confidence on the surface.
My heart in this is for you to see how you once were a sinner living in darkness but because of the death and resurrection of Jesus you have been made new, the old is gone, and you have the freedom to now walk in the light.
That light will enable you to do the works God has for you, because if you still find yourself focusing on your past and allowing that to weigh you down- you won’t be able to do the work ahead of you.
There’s life before Christ and there’s a new life after Christ.
Friend, walk in that new life with bold confidence from Christ and with the heart to spread the gospel to as many as you can the way God has called you to.