Lately, the Lord has been showing me and speaking to me about the power he has placed inside of us; who He has equipped us to be as His children. It’s actually kinda funny, of all places He spoke this to me clearly the first time while I was in the middle of my workout. And then again during my daily devotional time.
I heard Him speak that when He looks upon His children He doesn’t see us in the way we see ourselves; the limitations and labels we place on ourselves. Our thoughts often dictate to us who we are and what we’re not. We see our failures, mistakes, and what we think we could never do or accomplish. All the ways we’ve messed up and maybe even let God down.
Our Father does not see us this way. Far from it, when He looks upon us He sees what He’s placed inside us. He sees us as an over-comer; victorious, strong, able, mighty and accomplished. He sees us as the person He knows we already are because of His son Jesus Christ who lives in us. He doesn’t see a mess. Nor does He look at us with shame, anger, or contempt. When He spoke to me it was as if I saw myself through His eyes. As if He smiles, looks at us with love, compassion and sees what we are capable of. He looks at our potential.
Just as a farmer may observe a seed, though outwardly it may appear minute, unnoticed, and unbecoming. Conversely, the farmer views it with potential; worthy of cultivation and the fruit it can and will bear. He sees the power that is locked inside of that little seed. Similarly, we are called to bear fruit that will last. In John 15:16 Jesus stated,
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide
Likewise in Judges 6:12 when the Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon; God was calling Gideon to save the Israelites from the hand of the Midianites. Gideon was terrified of the enemy and he was not known as a mighty warrior. However, the Angel addressed him as if he already were a mighty warrior.
And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, “The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
There was a bold contrast between the way Gideon viewed himself and the way the Lord viewed Gideon. God saw past the way Gideon saw himself, He viewed him and views us much differently than we may view ourselves. You may ask, as I have many times, what about this weakness or that inability? What about this or that failure? But as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12 (ESV),
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
This is so much more than we can think or imagine of ourselves not because we are strong and mighty but because He is. It is because of the power that lives within us we are able to accomplish more than we can ever imagine.