Useless Versus Adopted and Equipped

Have you faced weary days, where you feel useless, like you are running behind in the steps of life, and in dire need of (running away or) refreshment? This is the place I am in today. At the time of beginning this post, it is 5:30a. I only slept for like a hour or two.

I am too reminded of how “behind” I am in life.
Others are getting married and having babies.

I feel quite useless, especially during Summer – when stepping outside making my body quite sick.

But then, the Holy Spirit reminds me of a song or Scripture. I am trying to wrap my mind around our Scripture for the week – which basically… it reminds us that we aren’t as useless as we feel. Not if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. All of our purpose and usefulness is wrapped up in Him and His Kingdom!

In the book of Ephesians, we are being reminded of our identity in Jesus Christ. We each have our favorite Bible quotes, reminding us how our Mighty God has saved us. What are some of your “go to” Scriptures? Among my favorites include Titus 3:4-7, John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8, and Ephesians 2:1-10.

To paraphrase Ephesians 2:1-10, we were once spiritually dead. Garbage, sitting on the side of the road. But we met God’s grace – when our punishment was laid upon our Savior Jesus Christ. This is a gift, and not something we can take credit for. Now, we are His. Forever His. And we are given a brand new life.

When we have decided to accept Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf and chosen to follow Him, this changes everything about our identity and how we handle our circumstances.

Even though I have been a Christian for many years, I have chronic illnesses along with mental illnesses (which does include PTSD).

However. . . Because I am a follower of Christ and a child of the Most High God, I can throw away the lie in my head that says, “You are useless. What good are you?” And so many other harmful put downs. When you are alone during the night, in the middle of a fierce battle, running to the Lord Jesus is the absolute best place for our hearts to dwell.

Between my identity in Christ (Eph. 2) and knowing He has equipped His people to serve within His Church (Eph. 4:11-13), it gives me hope and a firm place to stand. While I still have to remind myself that I do have a purpose. I know, my life does feel useless most of the time. But, I have to press into His truth – which comes from the Bible and time spent with the Lord.

As I spend time in the Word, the Lord will continue to strengthen my heart and mind to help me fight through the lies. We need to keep reminding ourselves of the great hope we have found in our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ!

And if you don’t know Him, today is the time to start. If you need to talk, I am just a message away, either on the blog or the Facebook Page. It may take me a little time to reply, but I will reply.

Keep seeking Him,


By Gracefully Overcoming

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