Have you ever felt confident in something that you were doing, only to be asked “who do you think you are?”, or to have your confidence in what you are doing undermined by condescending comments? Often such questions or statements are posed in such a derogatory manner and it leaves the the party at the receiving end of the question doubting His/Her true potential or calling. If you have ever felt that way, don’t worry you are not alone.
When you became born again your spirit became new and yet your mind remained the same. Because of this, the people who knew you from before still see your imperfections and weaknesses. Even as you renew your mind through the Word of God they still see your struggles and challenges. And when you set out to accomplish great feats they ridicule you and ask you “who do you think you are?” The thing is they don’t know is that you have become the righteousness of God [2 Corinthians 5:21] and that you have the mind of Christ [1 Corinthians 2:16] despite those short comings.
Truth is that when you look at the members of the Hall of fame of faith, they had many struggles. Should we talk about Abraham the liar, David the adulterer and murderer or Rahab the prostitute? But these short comings didn’t stop them from taking God at his Word and his promises and to yield themselves to be used by God in His grandeur plan. Today we call them the “great cloud of witnesses” [Hebrews 12:1]. I would go on the speculate that when they were being asked “who do you think you are?”, they must have not thought themselves worthy of being called “a great cloud of witnesses”. Yet the Bible says when they put their faith in God and as they walked in faith “Their weakness was turned to strength” [Hebrews 11:34, NLT]. Another translation says “out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts” [AMP]. It wasn’t because of who they thought they were in themselves, because they knew their sufficiency was not of themselves but because they knew they could “do all things through Christ which strengthens“ them [1 Philippians 4:13]. Through their faith in God, He used what was considered their weakness and turned it for His Glory.
Joseph the dreamer redeemed his family and a whole country through dreams and Moses the runaway leader and Shepherd of sheep saved the nation of Israel from slavery, and lead his people as sheep through the wilderness. Apostle Paul the resolute scatterer of churches, became a firm builder of churches and established a firm doctrine of the Word of God. David the seemingly naive shepherd boy, killed Goliath using only stones. Peter who denied Christ three times out of fear, won 3,000 souls for Christ on the day of Pentecost. And Jesus, the carpenter’s son who was known for building and mending furniture, healed and mended broken hearts and made whole what had been rendered broken. I could go on and on but really, it is not about who you think you are. It’s about who God sees you as. To him your weaknesses can be turned into strength for His Glory, if only you will have faith in Him and His Word. Don’t despise what you have. Those around you may think It may only be stones but remember it was a stone that brought down the mighty giant, Goliath.