Who You Say I Am

We sang “Who You Say I Am” at church this week, and it hit way too close to home. Life is crazy right now, guys. I just can’t find words to describe it other than that. I’m not going to get into everything that I have happening around me right now because putting it all out on the internet isn’t going to help anyone, but somehow {God} I made it through singing this song with a microphone in my hand with no emotional breakdowns. So here’s why.

Who Am I?

I’m just not that cool. I never have been and probably never will be, and while that’s partially because of my winning personality, I really never had a desire to be. I didn’t want people to hate me, sure, but I knew that I was never going to be popular. Did it make it an easier when people talked about me? No.

But here’s the thing: people will always have opinions.

Free At Last

This is not a new concept by any means, but I didn’t really get that until the last year or so. I have let the fear of people’s opinions rule my life for a long time. But I’ve finally come to understand that their opinions don’t matter and that I don’t have to justify myself if I’m doing what God has for me to do. We are who God says that we are, and we are free from the approval of man.

Galatians 1:10 was one of our memory verses from church camp with our students this summer:

For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:10 ESV

Every single student that I talked to about this verse said essentially the same thing about knowing that the approval of our peers isn’t the goal. Does that mean that we all magically don’t care anymore about what people say? Absolutely not! But the reality is that everyone isn’t going to like you or agree with you. I mean, you aren’t Chick-Fil-A Sauce or a pink Starburst. But at the end of the day, the approval of God trumps the approval of man every single time. 

I Am Chosen

We are here for a reason. So many times, we miss our purpose because we’re scared of the opinions of others. In the last year, I’ve really grabbed on to the fact that I am chosen for this life in this time. And you are too! This is not a Jordan-specific thing. We are here to bring glory to God. As long as we are doing that, we don’t have to worry about justifying ourselves. 

There are so many times that I still feel the need to explain myself to people. It’s human nature to do it. But probably 10-15 years ago in a sermon, my dad said “If you justify yourself to anyone, you’re going to spend the rest of your life justifying yourself to everyone.”, and that has stuck with me since.

So I say all of that to encourage you to keep doing what God has for you. He fights for you, He strengthens you, He is for you, and He will sustain you through whatever he calls you to. Don’t listen to the voices in your head and around you trying to change your direction. You are a child of God, yes you are.

who the Son sets free is free indeed
I’m a child of God, yes I am
in my Father’s house, there’s a place for me
I’m a child of God, yes I am

Who You Say I Am – Hillsong

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