The dictionary defines “Identity” as “the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.” (Key word: FACT). Here on earth, we can find our identity in a number of things. This can be especially true in high school, where you may define what makes you, YOU by what you’re involved in or what you are going through. Think of all of the things people can use to identify themselves by; sports, good grades, success, being THAT couple, best instagram profile, funniest jokes. Or it might be things that don’t seem so shiny on the outside; having divorced parents, anxiety, college looking like a stretch, never being able to please anybody. Maybe you can closely identify with at least one of these things or maybe you’ve thought of something else. It’s so easy to take the labels we give ourselves and believe they are true. However, these labels don’t have the capability of aligning with the definition of what “Identity” is. The problem with allowing these things to define your identity is that we can’t be sure they are going to be full FACT throughout life.
Thankfully, we don’t have to rely on our own or anyone else’s opinions, thoughts, and emotions to dictate who we are. We have an almighty God, who looks upon us with an unbreakable love. He says that we are his sons and daughters, and not just that, but heirs. Take a minute to let that sink in. The God of the universe is saying that YOU are His and that YOU are going to inherit His kingdom. He calls you chosen, holy, and blameless, regardless of what you’ve done. Because of Jesus Christ, the Lord says you are already victorious over your struggles. He says you are ALIVE. You are a citizen of Heaven. Our God is above everything and created everything and says this about you! Everything he says is FACT. When you invite Jesus into your life, your identity can no longer be swayed. It is secure in the truth of what God says about you, no matter what.
Challenge: Today, acknowledge who God says you are. Write down what is a FACT. Ask God to continue to remind you of who you really are.
For the Lord is a great God,
a great King above all gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the mightiest mountains.
The sea belongs to him, for he made it.
His hands formed the dry land, too.
Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
for he is our God.
We are the people he watches over,
the flock under his care.
If only you would listen to his voice today!
'Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.'
'Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. '
'But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. '