Lately I watched the movie Wonder Woman. I know, I am quite late to the party, having a baby will do that to you. Though I watched it for entertainment, I couldn’t resist seeing a very obvious Biblical principle stemming out of it.
I grew up hearing all the negative stereotypes describing women in general. You know the picture, gossipy, jealous, manipulative, weak, dependent, bad driver, etc. Daily, I overcome those with as much grace as I can, thanks to knowing my identity in Christ.
Woman, Who Are You?
In the movie, Diana (Wonder Woman) grows up under the protection of her mother and aunt. It is near the end of the movie that she acknowledges who she really is and what she is made of. Until then, she is oblivious to her full strength. Her archenemy reveals it to her in the hopes that she will join his ranks and operate destruction alongside him.
When she finally taps into the power that’s within her, paired with a compassion for those to be saved, she becomes unstoppable. She conquers her enemy and decides to live a life of servanthood, to help those in need.
There is much power in knowing our true identity. When the idea that we are children of the Most High God becomes more than a simple principle we learn in church, when we grasp it and accept it as reality, we become more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. We are still small and weak and in need of Jesus, but we are powerful and victorious in front of our enemy, the devil. He is under our feet.
Unlike Diana, we can’t expect our enemy to reveal to us our true identity. Besides, the devil is a liar. Remember how he twisted the truth about God in the Garden of Eden leading us to all the troubles we are in today?
- Redeemed Before He expired on the cross at Calvary, Jesus said, “it is finished!” (John 19:30) Though religion makes you want to perform in order to access salvation, Jesus says, I did it. I paid the price. Rest my child. Nothing you can do will add to it. You are free and free indeed! As Israel Houghton powerfully sings in one of his songs, “It’s not what I do, but what You’ve done for me!”
- Child of light Having Christ in you makes you different. God’s Word says, “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So, live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” (Ephesians 5:8-9, NLT.) Let your light shine before all!
- You fit in “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.” (Ephesians 2:19-21, NLT.) This is your place. Your family. You and me, together.
Wait, Isn’t the Movie About False Gods?
Of course, the story is inspired by Greek Mythology and I’m not trying to say it is biblical. Yet, I firmly believe that since the beginning of times, there has always been an intuition of God in the heart of mankind. That would explain why there are so many religions out there. The Ecclesiastes says: “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NLT, emphasis added.)
Make no mistake about it. There is only ONE true God.
I will admit I’m not sure I would have watched Wonder Woman if my curiosity had not been aroused by another article on the parallel between Biblical womanhood and the movie. Marilette Sanchez (hey girl!) who writes on God, relationships and pop culture was also inspired by what she saw on screen. We can’t count on our culture to teach us who we are, but we can catch glimpses of God in everything that is good on the surface of the earth.
Go on and live your God-given identity!
What is the one aspect of your identity in Christ that you hold tight to? Share in the comments below!
Read also: The Power of Knowing Who You Really Are