Pastor Kevin Redding
Adult Ministries Pastor, Shiloh Community Church
We have to be careful who and what we listen to. Our own minds can play tricks on us. Our own minds can tell us that we’re unimportant and what we do is irrelevant. It’s a struggle that each one of us faces in some form at one time or another. However, just because your mind tells you something like this, doesn’t mean that it’s true. In fact, because you are walking this earth, you are a image bearer of God, and that makes you inherently valuable. The next level says that when we are “in Christ,” we are always and instantaneously relevant and important. When we are “in Christ” we are of the highest value.
“Mr. Irrelevant” is the name given to the last player taken in the NFL draft. He gets that auspicious title because he generally will not make the team that drafted him and will fade into oblivion as an answer to a random trivia question. This year’s “Mr. Irrelevant” is wide receiver Trey Quinn drafted by the Washington Redskins out of SMU.
Just as people immediately deemed Trey Quinn “Mr. Irrelevant,” Satan does the same to us. He tells us over and over that we are irrelevant, insignificant, unimportant, have no value, do not contribute, etc. That’s why God reminds us throughout Scripture of the value that we have, and the worth that we find, especially for the believer. That’s why in Romans 12 we are told to have our minds transformed by God. That’s why we are told to “take every thought captive.” It’s a disciple that we all must constantly do…to make sure our minds are focused on what the Truth of God’s Word says, and not what the lies of Satan would want us to believe. To meditate (which means to think upon over and over) on what God says about you, not what your natural mind would want to take you.
What are those truths? What does God say about you? On what do we need to constantly meditate? How about writing some of these verses on your bathroom mirror for you to see every morning and night:
(NOTE: the following is taken from Bible.org: Here is a list of biblical affirmations about our identity in Jesus Christ that is derived from a few selected passages in the New Testament. This is just a portion of the many truths about who we have become through faith in God’s Son, but it is a powerful inventory to review from time to time.)
- I am a child of God. (John 1:12)
- I am a branch of the true vine, and a conduit of Christ’s life. (John 15:1, 5).
- I am a friend of Jesus. (John 15:15).
- I have been justified and redeemed. (Romans 3:24).
- My old self was crucified with Christ, and I am no longer a slave to sin. (Romans 6:6). (See also Galatians 2:20)
- I will not be condemned by God. (Romans 8:1).
- I have been set free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2).
- As a child of God, I am a fellow heir with Christ. (Romans 8:17).
- I have been accepted by Christ. (Romans 15:7).
- I have been called to be a saint. (1 Corinthians 1:2). (See also Ephesians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, and Colossians 1:2.)
- In Christ Jesus, I have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30).
- My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me. (1 Corinthians 6:19)?
- I am joined to the Lord and am one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17).
- God leads me in the triumph and knowledge of Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:14).
- I am a new creature in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)!
- I have become the righteousness of God in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- I have been made one with all who are in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28).
- I am no longer a slave, but a child and an heir. (Galatians 4:7).
- I have been set free in Christ. (Galatians 5:1).
- I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 1:3).
- I am chosen, holy, and blameless before God. (Ephesians 1:4).
- I am redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Christ. (Ephesians 1:7).
- I have been predestined by God to obtain an inheritance. (Ephesians 1:11).
- I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. (Ephesians 1:13).
- Because of God’s mercy and love, I have been made alive with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-5)!
- I am God’s workmanship created to produce good works. (Ephesians 2:10).
- I have been brought near to God by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13).
- I am a member of Christ’s body and a partaker of His promise. (Ephesians 3:6). (See also Ephesians 5:30.)
- I have boldness and confident access to God through faith in Christ. (Ephesians 3:12).
- My new self is righteous and holy. (Ephesians 4:24).
- I was formerly darkness, but now I am light in the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8).
- I am a citizen of heaven. (Philippians 3:20).
- The peace of God guards my heart and mind. (Philippians 4:7).
- God supplies all my needs. (Philippians 4:19).
- I have been made complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10).
- I have been raised up with Christ. (Colossians 3:1).
- My life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:3).
- Christ is my life, and I will be revealed with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:4).
- I have been chosen of God, and I am holy and beloved. (Colossians 3:12) (see also 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
The more we embrace these truths from Scripture about who we have become in Christ, the more stable, grateful, and fully assured we will be in this world. The more we meditate on what Christ says about us, more confidence we have to confront the lies of the evil one. The more we stand on God’s Truths, the more victory we experience each and every day and with those victories we find that we are indeed relevant.