An Identity in Crisis
A year ago I wrote about our belief about who God is. Today I want to discuss what we believe about ourselves.
If each of us pinned a label to ourselves what would our signs say? What are the words that we use to describe ourselves? How do we define our identity?
Would my sign read “I'm worthless,” “No one loves me,” “I'm just a failure,” or “I'm ugly”?
Recently I was telling my husband about my school days. “Some girls were popular. Some girls were pretty. Some were smart. Others were athletic. And then there was me. And I didn't excel at anything.”
When Ed suggested I was exaggerating, I insisted “It is really true. I was totally uncool and my only friends were other girls at the bottom of the class social ladder.”
But was it true? Or is it just what I believed to be true about myself? Could I have believed a lie?
Too often I allow life circumstances and others' reactions toward me, whether real or imagined, to define who I am.
And it can be a problem that continues long past sixth grade.
As a believer in Christ where should I find my identity?
My identity must be based on the truth from God and His Word.
One of the words I love in the New Testament is “beloved.” Get a Bible concordance and see how many times we are called “beloved.” I counted at least 36 times. And the meaning of beloved is “dearly loved,” the opposite of worthless and rejected.
For another example, check out Isaiah 43:7 or Revelations 4:11 and read that we were created for His glory. Whatever my view of my appearance, God says that His creation of me was designed to bring Him glory. Do I dare describe myself as “ugly”?
Here is some more descriptive words from the Word of Truth.
I am forgiven. (1 John 1:9)
I am loved. (Jeremiah 31:3)
I am adopted. (Romans 8:15-16)
I am valued and bought with a price. (1 Corinthians 6:20)
I am saved. (Romans 10: 9, 13)
I am a new creature in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
I am “more than conqueror through Him.” (Romans 8:37)
Search the Bible and imbed its truth in your mind. As a reminder, print a word of truth such as “Beloved” or “Forgiven” on a card, add a Scripture verse, and hang it in your bedroom where you will see it daily.
Stop letting other people or your own imagination define you who are. Thank God for the truth of your identity according to His Word.
I'd love to hear what truth you have found in God's Word about who you are in Christ.