This may be a question that you have never thought about before. To be honest, I have found myself asking this question a lot lately. I often ask myself, “am I doing the right thing” or “what does God think of me” or “is God happy with me” and on and on it can go. The fact of the matter is this, I am naturally a people pleaser. I have said this a lot lately with a few things that we are doing within our church, but my natural tendency is to desire to make people happy. This one thing has been one of my greatest weaknesses in life and in ministry. It is something that keeps me up at night, it is something the festers in my brain and eats away at me on the inside. It is something that I battle with on a daily basis that will cause me to forget many of the promises of God and who I am in Christ.
So the question I wrestle with as a natural people pleaser, naturally follows this inclination, “What does God think of me?” If you are reading this and you do not know this by now, I am a born-again Christian. I am a follower of Jesus Christ, the God-man, God incarnate, the eternal Son of God, and the Second Member of the Triune God. As a follower of Christ, there are some things that follow that are not up for debate. First, is the Bible the inerrant, infallible Word of God? Yes. With this being the case, can I trust the Bible in all matters of faith and practice. Yes. So, when I wrestle with what God thinks of me, the first place, and only place, I should go is His Word.
First, at one point in my life before the Spirit of the Living God regenerated my soul, I was dead in my trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). Psalm 51:5, David would declare that he was a sinner from the time of conception. Thus, the Bible continues to point out that as people that are dead in their trespasses and sins, we are enemies of God. That is, until by grace through faith, the Almighty God of all creation brings your spirit from death to life.
This is where I find myself today. So what does God think about me? God has declared me a new creation 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” This means that all of the shame from my life as an unbeliever has been left behind and I have been made new. Sin is no longer my master, I have died to sin and I am now alive to Christ. Romans 6:11, “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Why is this? It is only because of God’s rich grace and mercy. Ephesians 2:4, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us.”
I have been set free. I am no longer a slave to sin. I am no longer someone that is under the condemnation of God awaiting His wrath. I am a freed man. Romans 8:1-2, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
By grace I have been saved, my sins have been forgiven, and I have been justified by faith. Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” With this being the case, God will never leave me or forsake me, nothing can pluck me from the hand of God. Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
So what does God think of me? He counts me as an adopted son. He has brought me into His family. He has granted me free in Christ. He does not hold HIs angry hand over my head as I am not His enemy. He has justified me by His good pleasure by the grace of His Son by the power of His Spirit. Therefore, I do not have to be a people pleasure because my identity is found in Christ. Brother, Sister, stop fighting the daily battle to be liked by people and know who you are in Christ! That is the most important.