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A Deeply Rooted IDentity

Who are you? If someone were to approach you with this question, you might be inclined to answer with your name. If they further interrogated you, ‘no, really, who are you?’ What would your response be?

For some of us, the first thing that comes to mind is what we do. We’re teachers, mothers, writers, or entrepreneurs. We attribute our identity to anything that might make us feel valuable, whether it be our hobbies, our education, relationship status, or our talents. We often find ourselves basing our identities on what we think of ourselves, what others think of us, or the lies of the enemy.

The problem is, all those lenses are stained by sin. We cannot depend on ever-changing opinions or positions to provide us with a stable sense of identity. Who we are cannot be separated from Who has made us. In our Creator, we find ourselves.

If our identity is founded in a job, what happens when we are suddenly laid off? Does who we are deteriorate along with it? If it is the comments of others that give us our sense of identity, what if their opinions of us change? We can slowly see the inconsistency of depending on a failing compass to determine a grounding truth. When all our qualifications, achievements, connections, looks, or followers fail, when it all comes to a screeching halt, the only thing that remains is whether we are in Christ. This is the foundation of our identity. A sure and secure foundation - forever.

Who we are does not start with our name or vocation. Nor is it defined by our medical conditions, brokenness, or correlating symptoms. But it finds its deepest roots in who Christ is. He is the vine, and we are the branches. We see the greatest growth as we stay connected to Him, our source,

How can we grow in our identity?

  • Knowing Jesus - We are called to reflect Christ, God’s work in sanctifying us is to make us more and more into the image of Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

  • Knowing God’s will for us - He created us to do good works, what are those works? (Romans 12:2)

  • Applying our knowledge in prayer - When we pray over what God is teaching us in His Word, He allows the word to work in us and affirm our identity (Colossians 1:9-10)

Who we are is found in who He is. The more we get to know Him, and allow Him to shape us into His image, the more we become our God-gifted selves, who do not require the approval of this world to be confident in who He has made us to be. He created you, dear friend! Only in seeking Him will you find yourself.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

A Prayer for you: Father, I thank You for the beauty of your handiwork, of which my precious friend who is reading this is a part of. There are so many different voices in the world who try to inform us of who we should be. Lord, I pray that Your voice would be most audible to this sister, would you lead her away from any lies of her identity and into your glorious truth. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.

Be encouraged & be blessed 💞


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