For we are God’s workmanship. . .” (Ephesians 2:10)
It has occurred to me that many of us may have low self-esteem. When we are bogged down with illness often there are so many things we can’t do.
We may plan to go out and then last minute we find we are not able to. We may plan to get certain things done around our home only to find we are just not up to it.
All the restrictions we have from our illnesses can take a toll on us. We may find ourselves feeling depressed, and down about ourselves. When was the last time we got dressed up and put on some makeup to go out?
But we are not our illness, yes we have changed in some ways because of it, but it is not who we are. It is not our real identity.
In many ways we are still the same person. The one who gardened, the one who had a job and career, the one who did and maybe even led ministry group in church. We are still that person inside even though we cannot do those things right now.
But the most important thing is who we are in Christ, that has not changed and never ever will.
Here are some of the great things we are in Christ: we are His friends, we are blessed, victorious, dead to sin, new creatures, strong in the Lord. We are also more than conquerors, kings and priests, partakers of His divine wisdom, and we have the mind of Christ. We know God’s voice, we walk in Christ Jesus, and we always triumph in Him!
Yes, there is more! We are called saints, we are both crucified, alive and accepted in Christ. We are loved by God as much as He loves His Son! Wow. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit, have the fruit and gifts of the Spirit. He bestows on us a crown of beauty, the oil of gladness and a garment of praise. And so much more!
Prayer: Lord, let us remember who we are in You, write it upon our hearts and minds.
About the Author:
CarolAnn Adams, who lives in Ohio has had chronic illness for most of 15 years. She had been active in many church ministries, but is no longer able to. So she ministers to others through writing a blog, devotionals and listening to and encouraging chronic illnesses.