I got on the scale this week and didn’t like the number screaming at me in red. Flashbacks to all the indulgences and delicious treats haunted me. I’d worked so hard months before then and loved the number I was at. But now? I kind of detest it.
But you know what? The truth is, I’m not defined by that number. Not one bit. Even when I think I am.
I’m not defined by how many followers, likes, loves, friends, Fitbit stats, the numbers in my bank account, the times I’ve messed up, the number of times a project’s been rejected, or the 1 million numbers someone else has, either.
It’s all so futile. Because you and I – our security and self-worth – has nothing to do with a number.
It has everything to do with a cross.
The cross is where we go to find our acceptance, identity, and approval. The cross is where we turn for the forgiveness and healing we desperately need. The cross reminds us of our great, precious worth and the sacrifice it cost Jesus to go there.
The cross turns our gaze upward – not inward.
While it’s so tempting to chase after approval, applaud, and value from others and even within our own expectations of what number we should be, we’ll never be fully satisfied in these numbers – even if we achieve them in all our crazy striving. Sure, we can be excited, want to tell others, and even help others get to where we’re at. But those numbers can’t fulfill us.
Why? Because our value cannot be attached to physical, temporal things in this world. It must be found in a person – the person of Christ. The one who is eternal. The one who gives infinite joy and satisfaction. The one who our souls are longing for, above all else. The one who loves you more than anyone you know. The one who we’ll meet one day face-to-face in eternity.
You can trust in Him to find the value you’ve been longing for in this life and more.
This is who He says you are and the only numbers in your life that matter:
- a child of God – John 1:12
- a friend of Jesus – John 15:15
- crucified with Christ & no longer a slave to sin – Romans 6:6
- a temple of the Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 6:19
- redeemed and forgiven – Ephesians 1:7
- a new creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17
- the one who supplies all my needs – Phillipians 4:19
- set free – Galatians 5:1
- chosen – Ephesians 1:4
- brought near to God by the blood of Christ – Ephesians 2:13
- God’s workmanship – Ephesians 2:10
- complete in Christ – Colossians 2:10
- raised up with Christ – Colossians 3:1
- loved – 1 Thessalonians 1:4
You’re not defined by a number. Now, go, and live like you are loved. Because that’s exactly what you are.
Samantha Krieger is a pastor’s wife and mom to four. She is the author of “Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches.“ You can connect with her on Instagram and Facebook.