Identity. It’s a big deal these days. If we aren’t being told who we should be, we’re at the least hearing we should be somebody. Remember the days when we were kids and would day dream about who we’d become when we grew up? A doctor, an astronaut.. I wanted to be an Opera singer. Let me tell you the only one who is enjoying my singing is Jesus!
Think about it: “who do you want to be when you grow up” was our earliest introduction into a performance-based life. Of course we need goals and dreams, but when the emphasis for our worth is put on WHAT we will do instead of WHO we are, what we produce and our “being good” becomes the basis for our acceptance, validation and significance. And so it begins…
What’s the danger in it anyway? Unfortunately, often if we aren’t confident in our true identity, which is found in Christ- we’ll get there, don’t worry- the world has a plethora of false identities it will lure you into, all so it can classify you, categorize you, and then eventually tell you if you are good enough. Not having the foundation of your identity firmly rooted in Jesus leads to comparisons and competition, per perpetuates fear, insecurity and doubt.
Never before have we had the “opportunity” (thank you social media) to see how everyone else is doing. Using the facebook highlight real and the filter-rich instagram posts as a measuring stick. Even if we can escape the comparison and competition trap, the failure snare is sure to get us. This is what the enemy uses to ensure our doom. Messed up again. Didn’t get it right. Didn’t do as well as others. Struggled. We’re failures as moms, dads friends, employees, bosses, whatever. If our identity is found in what we do, instead of who God made us to be, we are all in serious trouble.
Thankfully our identity isn’t tied to our performance, our titles, our activities, being married or not, having kids or not, it’s not tied to our defeats, our accomplishments or even our sexualities. It’s tied to Jesus alone.
God wants you to know first and foremost you have value just by being you. Why do you think Jewish Shabbat, (Sabbath) begins in the evening and not in the morning? What does God want you to focus on if the start of Sabbath is in the evening? Resting. It is so important for you to know you are accepted and loved simply because He created you. No preforming, striving or doing good enough necessary. Period.
Because the bible says we are made in His image and our Christian walk is to become more like Him, we need to look to Him to find our identity. So in the next few blogs I want to unpack the building blocks of who we are, by discovering who He is. Disclaimer: God is way too big and amazing to be sufficiently characterized or describe all of His glory in a blog. Seriously. I am simply taking major themes of His personality so we can begin to set our confidence in that instead of ourselves. In no way is this an exhaustive list. The depth of God is best discovered one on one over an entire lifetime, (or whatever you’ve got!) of walking side by side. Take your time and enjoy the journey.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth.” And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.