Sometimes I feel like just a girl. A lot of times I feel like just a girl. I cannot see who I am or what I am called to. I see my inferiority. I see my smallness. I see a girl with a lot of messing up under her belt and not much of an impact. And that’s kind of what I was talking about today when I said what I said to my friend Dave. “I’m just this ragamuffin redhead. I’m just Bethany O’Banion. What would they see in me?” And true to form, Dave gave me an incredulous look and said so much more. “You are not just Bethany O’Banion. You are heir with Christ. And that makes you daughter to the King of Kings.” He is right. We are not just justs. We are so much more. We are a holy people. We are the faithful. Even when we don’t feel like it. We are blameless. We were destined for adoption and we were adopted. We are in accordance with His pleasure. His pleasure. And His will. In accordance with His pleasure and His will. Let that one sink in. We are redeemed. In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins. In Him we are also chosen. We are chosen. We are destined to a plan. Having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will in order that we who were the first to put our hope in Christ might be for the praise of His glory. A plan not just given but chosen for us. A plan chosen for me. A plan chosen for you. A plan chosen for each of us. Shall I go on? We are included, when you heard the message of truth the gospel of your salvation. We are included.
We are marked in Him with a seal, the promised of the Holy Spirit. We are those called by God to a hope. Heirs of a glorious inheritance. Receivers of His incomparably great power. Incomparably great power. Available to us, the believers. That power is the same as the mighty strength He exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms. That power. That is the power He gives to us. That is the power we receive. That power. Far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. Is that enough for you? Because we are that. We are all of that. And so much more.
You see, my friend is right. We are so much more than “justs”. We are a lot more than “justs”. We are His. We are heirs with Christ. We are sons and daughters of the King of Kings, adopted into the family of life. And to say we are just dot dot dot is to say we are still. And we are no longer still. Because what Christ did for us, how He lived and died and resurrected, it was for us. And it was for more than our being “justs”. It was to change us. To take away who we were. To take away the sinner and leave the redeemed. To take away the condemnation and leave the glory. It was to have relationship with us. To take us from our sinful state and make us saints, a holy people, set apart and in relationship with the One worthy of praise and glory. He changes us. If you are His, then you are changed. You are more than you see, you are what He sees. And He sees His son, Jesus, in whom there is no condemnation. He sees a peculiar people. A holy people. A people chosen. A people destined to be His. We are His. We are no longer anything but what He says we are. And He says we are so much more than a just.
He says we are so much more than a just.
He says you are so much more than a just.
Go and be who you are. Because you are so much more than a just.