We live in a society that is constantly trying to tell us who to be. And if we aren’t, they will do everything in their power to make us conform into who they want us to be. And if we don’t, they shame us and make us feel wrong for not being exactly who they think we should be. This is a hard place to be in, especially when you are trying to live out all that God has for you. When social media, television, magazines, your friends, and all of the other influences in your life are all telling you that you are _______. It makes it difficult to hear God’s voice and what He says about you.
The cool thing about God is that His voice is always louder than the other voices around us. His voice is always better, sweeter, and greater than anything anyone else has to say about us. His voice speaks Truth into our lives. God speaks in compliments. God speaks with love. God speaks with encouragement. God speaks with grace. God speaks specifically to you. So what does God say about our identity?
“So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” | Genesis 1:27
God created us in His own image. How amazing is that? The Creator of the Universe, the man who spun this whole thing in to motion, created you and I to be like Him. Think about this for a second. Really let it set in. The God, the King above all Kings, the great I Am, the Man who holds the whole word in the palm of His hands, made you and I to be like Him. I think this speaks volumes to our identity. We are made in the image of God. Think about the way you view yourself, would you ever view God that way? Would you ever spend hours looking at God and telling Him all of the things you hate about Him? No, then why do we spend countless hours knit picking every detail of our physical appearance in the mirror? Why do we spend hours trying to take the right selfie to get the right amount of likes to impress the right people? Why do we put ourselves into situations to let others put labels on us that aren’t true? We have to stop letting the enemy win when it comes to our identity and self-worth. You were made in God’s image. Write it down. Say it out loud. Believe it. This amazing God that we serve made you like Him.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” | Psalms 139:13-14
You are fearfully and wonderfully made. The word “fearfully” is used when it talks about fear of the Lord. This means with respect or reverence for God. This means you should be thankful and honor God for creating you just the way you are. Not only should you respect God, but you should respect yourself. Respect and honor your body. Love who you are because God made you that way. The word “wonderfully” means unique or distinct. God made you special. He made you one-of-a-kind. Find joy in that. There is no one on this planet like you. Our identity in God is unique. God created us with our own specific plan, our own story, our own people to reach, and our own relationship to have with Him. God made you, and the verse says, “I know that fully well.” My prayer is that you would know that fully well. God doesn’t make mistakes. You are not a mistake. You are precious to God. He adores you. And He loves you. And He knows every hair on your head. Most importantly, He cared about you so much that He sent His son to die for you. Find your identity in that. You were worth the cross. You meant that much to God that he literally died for you. He cares about you. He made you just the way that you are.
The last thing I want to point out about our identity is that when God looks at you He doesn’t see what you see. He doesn’t see your past. The Bible says that your sins are as FAR as the East is from the West. He doesn’t see your mistakes. Your past does not define you. Your identity is not found in where you lack, or where you mess up, because where we lack, where we fail, where we are weak, God doesn’t fail, He doesn’t lack, and He is strong. Your identity isn’t found in who you used to be. You are a child of God. You are forgiven. You are loved unconditionally. You are worth something. You are shameless. All of the “you are _____”‘s that you gave yourself, someone else gave you, or that you’ve heard on TV or in the media don’t matter. God has forgiven you. God doesn’t define you by those things. God doesn’t even think about them. God only thinks about your past when you bring it up. Your identity is found in God and God finds your identity in Him. Let go of your past. It has no hold on you. It doesn’t and it never will define you. We have to stop walking in the shame that we already let go of. God has so much more for you than to live a life consumed by your past.
I went years searching for who I was. I knew who I wanted to be, but I could never figure out how to get there. I searched for my identity in boys who treated me like crap, grades that were never good enough, friends that weren’t who I thought they were, and so many other things. It wasn’t until I started really seeking God that I was able to become all of those things I had dreamed of being. Don’t. Don’t. Don’t search any longer to be who you want to be. God’s word says that He will give us the desires of our heart. Not the world, not a job, not a relationship, not a grade, not a degree, not a child. NOTHING. Only God. God, who knows us better than anyone in the world could ever know us, has a name for you and I. He calls us by name. He calls us His own. He calls us fearfully and wonderfully made. He calls us forgiven. He calls us righteous. That is your identity.
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