Gaining Status: Faith for Creatives

“If you are always seeking a certain status to validate who you are, you’re never going to have peace. You can’t climb up to find yourself. You have to find yourself so (that) you can climb up! You have to know who you are so you can climb to status.” ~ Bishop T.D Jakes

In all that we do, in every attempt to succeed, we are inherently challenged with the idea of “Status.” Even with something as simple as social media postings, we find ourselves judging our positions, condemning ourselves for not having X amount of followers or X amount of likes or views.

The proof is in the pudding, the validation is in the numbers“, we tell ourselves. We allow this wrong mindset to convince us that we are not worthy of what we are doing.

This becomes our sad gospel when in reality these things are not completely relevant.

Consider King David. He was a youth between the ages of twelve and fifteen when he was anointed by the Prophet Samuel as King of Israel (I Samuel 16). His anointing, from the very moment the oil touched his head, was the solid, irrevocable proof that he was the irrefutable king of Israel.

But do you know what happened after the oil ran down his ruddy skin and saturated his clothing? King David picked up his staff and went back to tending his father’s sheep.

He, being fully king, returned to being the shepherd.

Yet he was still the king.

It wasn’t until years later, in his adulthood that King David finally had the outward manifestation, the “pudding and numbers” if you will, that cosigned his kingship.

In the book of Jeremiah 1:1-5, God calls another young man to be a Prophet to Israel. Here is what He says to him:

“The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah,  and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile. The word of the Lord came to me, saying,  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Before Jeremiah was even a thought on his parent’s minds, God had already called him to be a prophet. It was a done deal before he was even born. A prophet is who and what Jeremiah was.

BUT Jeremiah did not take hold of the status of who he was until he acknowledged who he was, despite how things looked, felt, or presented themselves in the past.

The message I want to leave with you today is that, whether you are an artist, or a writer, a blogger, or a mother, a father or a chef, whatever it is that you have set your mind to do, REMEMBER that it is not the numbers that make you nor is it the “call” that makes you. It is the Caller, Christ Jesus, Who has given you the status.

Know yourself, know Who has called you, and then start the climb up. You will get where you need to be as long as you know who you are and whose you are. Have peace!

~Poeima, Poetry in Motion

*Revised from June 24, 2015

*Photo by Aleks Dahlberg on Unsplash


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