You Are Who God Says You Are.

Updated: Dec 10, 2021



 

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." — 1 Samuel 16:7

 

Who are you?


Can you answer this question without referring to your sex, race, credentials, occupation, income, political viewpoints, place of birth, place of residence, family, spouse, and siblings?


Most people can’t. I couldn't either until recently.


I had two main goals when I graduated college: 1. Change the world through fashion. 2. Pay off my student loan debt within ten years.


Everything I did after college was in pursuit of those two goals.

For years, I let people (and me) put me in a title prison. I defined myself as a fashion designer.


So when I put my men's fashion company on hold, I started to feel incomplete. I felt lost without it.

God had me in a waiting season for over five years, and I struggled with the question of who am I, if not a fashion designer?


If you aren’t careful, you can get consumed with who the world says you are instead of who God says you are.

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." — 1 Samuel 16:7


The world may judge us based on what they see, but God looks at our hearts.


Our identity is not in titles, how we look, accomplishments, or how much money we make. Our identity is in God.


For a long time, I struggled with feeling empty. But then I found my identity in Jesus, and my purpose became greater than just business and fashion.

People think that you have to change who you are to follow God, but you don't. You become who you are.

You become who God created you to be.

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is about Ruth. Ruth was a widow who had nothing and left her people to follow her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to her homeland.


"Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God," she said in Ruth 1:16.

Ruth did not let the world define her. Instead, she followed God and humbly did what she needed to do to take care of her mother-in-law, which wasn't even her responsibility.

She left everything familiar to her when she went with Naomi, and God rewarded her faithfulness, hard work, and virtue.


God wants you to prosper in all areas of your life, and He equips you with everything you need as you yield to His will. That's the key, though—doing His will, not your own.

The girl who was once defined as a fashion designer has been gone for years. So who am I? I'm whomever God says I am.

I am God's masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).

I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).

God says I was created with a purpose (Jeremiah 29:11).

I am chosen (John 15:16).

I am Forever loved (Romans 8:38-39).

Every day is different and has a new set of challenges. I'm still doing a lot of waiting, but God is constantly at work in me showing me who He says I am.


God's opinion is what matters most.


So now, I challenge you to answer this question: who are you?


Have you found your identity in Christ? What does finding your identity in Christ even mean to you?

Don't let the world put you in a title prison. You aren't defined by what you do or what you've done in the past.


You are who God says you are!


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- Mags

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