Where Does Your Identity Lie?
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13
People find their identity in almost anything these days. We’re identity seekers; longing for something or someone to tell us who we are and why we’re here. As humans, we look for our image in hobbies, relationships, careers, sexuality, or a cause. We may catch ourselves saying, “I am a mom” or “I’m pro-life”. Unbelievers may claim “I’m gay” or “I’m a feminist”. These things may be part of who we are, but they don’t make up our identity.
Sometimes, we wear the mark of our struggles as if they are who we are. “I am the girl who miscarries”, “I am the anxious woman”, or “I am my body weight”.
If only we had eyes to see who we are as humans; it has less to do with our characteristics and achievements and everything to do with the God who created us. We are either children of God or children of wrath.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…” Ephesians 2:1-6
All humans were made in the image of God Almighty (Genesis 1:27). But only those who repent and trust in Christ to save them are “children of God” (John 1:12). Christian, your identity is in Jesus. The world will continue on, searching endlessly for who they are to no end. But you, your eyes are opened to the glorious truth that you are adopted into the family of God—an heir with Jesus (Romans 8:17).
That is your identity.
Father, help us to see that our identity is not in anything other than who Christ has made us to be. We are Yours. Thank you. In Jesus name, Amen.
What have you been finding your identity in lately?
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to two in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.