Do you know who you are? Do you know how much knowing your identity can change the course of your life? Not knowing can be like being an ocean liner on a small lake, or a rowboat on the ocean. Both are less than ideal, and can even prove to be dangerous, or a complete waste of potential.
On the other hand, knowing just who you are in Christ can make for a very powerful answer to your calling, allowing God to work in your weaknesses, and propelling you to boldly step ahead, walking on fears that might otherwise get the best of you.
A Famous Tale About Identity
Have you ever read the story of the Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen? It’s the story of a baby bird born very different from his siblings. Everyone despised him, called him ugly, and mistreated him because he was unlike everything they knew. So much so that he ran away. He lived many misadventures, most of it caused by a lack of knowledge about who he really was. One day, he realized that the reason for all his misfortune is that he had tried living in an identity that wasn’t his. In fact, he really wasn’t a duck, he was a beautiful swan!
Just like that of the little confused swan, our lives can be hard when we don’t fully grasp who we are, what God has for us, and who we are in Him.
In my latest post, we talked about keeping our thoughts in check. We can choose our thoughts and decide to replace the destructive ones with the Word of God. Same goes for our identity. We can make choices that will build up our identities, or live according to what and whom our culture tells us to be. The choice really is ours.
We, In Christ
Before anything, our most precious and complete identity is found in the One who made us. We are not simply a product of biology. Rather biology is the means by which we try to wrap our minds around God’s beautiful and extremely complex creation.
While it is hard to truly understand that we were made in the image of the Most High God, He gave us some insight that can be used to construct our identity. God, the one who created the heavens and the earth, the deepest oceans, the most breathtaking mountains, the intimidating ferocious waterfalls, the most exotic and colorful islands call us His masterpiece!
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:20, NLT)
Wow. This verse alone contains so much depth. We are created anew in Christ Jesus, meaning transformed, changed, remodelled, made new, so that we may do the good things God planned for us long ago. Before it all began, before even the foundations of the world, He had chosen us.
“Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” (Ephesians 1:4, NLT)
Knowing Who We Are
The Word of God truly contains all that we need to build our identity upon. What is even more powerful is that it applies to us, regardless of where we were born, our gender, skin color, education, financial situation, etc. Allow me to repeat key unchanging ideas here, we are His masterpiece, and we were made in His image. And just like every true artist creates pieces that are unique, all the more would our Almighty God.
The fact that you are a woman or a man, or that you were born with a certain amount of melanin in your skin, making you the right shade of ebony, coffee, caramel, or ivory is no coincidence, and it is just as beautiful as everything else that makes you. We are an intricate, precious blend of all the elements delicately chosen and put together by our Maker. There is absolutely no mistake about any of it.
So How Does This Help Us Defeat fear?
Here’s my theory, if we are solid and confident in who God made us to be, we won’t be so easily shaken by the lies of the enemy. When Jesus was led into the desert by the Spirit of God before he began His ministry, the first thing Satan tried to attack Him on was his identity, “If you are the son of God…” (Matthew 4:3, NLT) What a sneaky one! But Jesus, being who He is, victoriously fought back with the Word of God.
In our culture today (more than ever before) we see how people often feel confused about their identity. I think this confusion is a deliberate work of the enemy. When you don’t know who you are, it’s easy to be pulled in many directions. On the other hand, if you know who you are, and are secure and confident in it, you can walk strong and unafraid. You know your flaws and don’t let them condemn you. You recognize who and what you are. So when the enemy of your soul comes to tell you that you’re not good enough, you can boldly declare, “I know who I am. I could never be enough on my own, but Christ lives in me, I am the righteousness of God, and I am redeemed! There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Away from me, Satan!”
Knowing a bit more about your gifts and personality can also help you be confident in all God made you to be. Don’t be afraid to take a good, serious, and professional personality test. I find the Myers & Briggs test to be quite interesting (and the basic profile is free). You have serious gifts to bless the world with; don’t let fear push you to bury any of them. Use them! We need them, and we need you!
Don’t apologize for who you are and for your flaws. Embrace all of you today! You are God’s masterpiece!
- On a blank word document or piece of paper, make a list that describes you. Include your name, age, nationality, skin color, one of each your greatest strength and weakness, along with what God says about you. Print it if you need to, and hang it in a place where you can see it. Lift your head high. If you are secure in your identity, you won’t be crippled by fear and will stand ready, strong, and humble in the face of opposition.
- Pray and ask God to strengthen you and show you your gifts, any gifts you might not be aware of. Let him guide you. Ask him to send you people to help confirm those gifts.
- Pray for someone else who is struggling just like you to find his or her gifts and be strong in their God given identity.
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