How well do you know yourself? How confident are you in who and what you are? Do you require confirmation from those around you? Or do stand tall and firm being sure of yourself?
Now when he [Jesus] was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.
John 2:23-25 (ESV)
How often have you entrusted your identity to those around you? Before you answer “never”, think about it for a moment. How much stock have you put in to the words spoked over you and about you?
Jesus knew who he was. He was confident in his identity and refused to trust man with himself. He didn’t rely on the confirmation of his disciples to stand firm in himself. He stood firm in his own understanding of himself knowing that men can be fickle and quickly change their minds and allegiances.
As difficult as it can be, we only need one person to bear witness for us. God. When we know who God has made us to be, that’s all we need. The words and affirmations of the people surrounding us can change from day to day, but God’s words over us never change.
Daily Bible reading: 1 Kings 19-20, John 2