Don’t be surprised today when the enemy uses other people to judge you, to leave you out, to discount you, to make you feel unqualified and not good enough. The enemy works so hard to tear down your sense of value and worth because he knows it will take away your sense of purpose. He even tried it in Jesus’ life. After Jesus had been baptized in the Jordan River and God the Father had spoken, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” the enemy said to Him in the wilderness temptation, “If You are the Son of God…” The enemy tried to move in on Jesus’ needs and get Him to question His identity and His purpose. He tried unsuccessfully to bring in confusion and get Jesus to question His value and worth.
The enemy constantly tries to get us to forget that our true identity and worth are in Christ, that God in His great love for us “chose us in Jesus Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight” (Ephesians 1:4). That makes you invaluable. He chose you and brought you into His family through your relationship with Christ. You don’t have to find your worth and identity in other people or in things of this world, because it has already been given to you in Jesus Christ.
The point where the enemy primarily attacks is to make us feel unworthy to receive the gift of God’s love, the grace of God, the fullness of our salvation. He’ll whisper to you, “Look what you just did. God won’t accept you. You’re so unworthy of His love and grace.” What is your answer? Say, “That’s right. I am unworthy. But Jesus Christ is worthy, and my identity is fully in Him and what He did for me.” It’s almost too simple, isn’t it? That’s because God’s favor and grace are undeserved.
Don’t diminish your value by diminishing what Christ did for you. He did it because He loves you. None of what you did in the past determines who you are. God has already chosen you and qualified you. You may have sinned and made a lot of mistakes. We all have, but that doesn’t change your value in the eyes of God. He loves you, not because of your performance, not because you do everything perfectly, but because you are His chosen child.
When you hear those accusing voices that question your identity and your worth, that’s not from God. That is from the enemy. And you have the answer: “God chose me in Jesus Christ. I am the righteousness of God in Him. Nothing can change my value and worth.”