5 Things God Says About Us

Some time ago, I was reading in Isaiah and came across these verses in chapter 56:

Let no foreigner who has bound himself to the LORD say, “The LORD will sure exclude me from his people” And let not any eunuch complain, “I am only a dry tree.”
For this is what the LORD says: “To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths, who choose what pleases me… to them I will give… a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD and to worship him, all who keep the Sabbath… these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy…”

(Isaiah 56:3-7 , NIV)

I know we don’t go around talking about eunuchs much (ummm, I know I certainly don’t!!), but the thing that stopped me was that phrase ” I am only…” and I couldn’t help but think of how often that phrase runs through my mind and I complain to myself, or more accurately, to the Lord, that “I can’t do this, I am only… ”

Because in my life? and probably yours too — it is so, so easy to say that. Do any of these words sound familiar? Do any thoughts like these run on repeat, like a litany through your mind?
I am only… a wife and mother. Tired of chasing littles or exhausted by a teenager’s attitude or desperately waiting and longing for a child of my own.
I am only… a teenager struggling to fit in and get good grades and a date for next weekend.
I am only… a worker bee trying to support my family and find joy and purpose in a schedule packed with meetings or in the humdrum of business.
I am only…
I am only… a construction worker, a programmer, an engineer, an admin assistant, a teacher, a student, an accountant. I am not a pastor, church worker, missionary, bible-educated scholar, I am not ____.
I am only… a hack piano player who enjoys music but doesn’t have the talent of ____.
I am only… a weak and sinful person. I am not beautiful, pulled-together, righteous person, full of grace and truth, pouring God’s word out like a river, I am not like ____.
I am only___ .
You fill in the blank. This list could go on and on. I know, because I’ve tried many of those excuses myself.

No one should complain “I am only…” or doubt His promises to us.

But what does God say? He says “let not any eunuch complain, ‘I am only’…

And who does God say we are, if we have turned away from sin and turned toward Christ? The flipside to the fact that I have a whole long list of “I am only” excuses in my head is that if I bothered to believe what the Bible says, I could also experience a whole long list of God’s promises! Here are just five things — among the many — that God says about us:

  • I am chosen – 1 Peter 2:9 – ” But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession…”
  • I am not forsaken – Hebrews 13:5 – God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
  • I am a child of God – John 1:12 – ” to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
  • I am set free from sin by the truth of Jesus Christ – John 8:31-36 – “the truth will set you free … So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. “
  • I am looking forward to an eternal home that Christ is preparing for me – John 14:1-3 – “I am going there to prepare a place for you…”

And if any of this is starting to sound familiar, maybe it is because you’ve heard the song called “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong .

Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
In my Father’s house
There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God
Yes I am
I am chosen
Not forsaken
I am who You say I am
You are for me
Not against me
I am who You say I am
(Words and music by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan,
© 2017 Hillsong Music Publishing)

So just remember. Remember the next time you hear that song. Remember when your brain starts to give the excuse that “I can’t do that, I’m only…”

No one should complain “I am only… ” but remember that you are who God says you are. You are chosen, loved, ransomed, and set free… because of Jesus.