For a long time in my life I’d struggled with identity. Who am I? What am I here to do? Where am I headed?
These questions haunted me with each passing day. I craved answers badly because if you don’t know the answer to the question of who you are then what are you doing?
In my quest for answers, I looked onto so many things – googling on the internet, “how to know who you truly are”, reading some kind of books, watching videos, and those sources sure gave me answers, a lot of answers. But the sources gave conflicting information which made me more confused. You see, most of these sources were giving answers based on their own feelings & understanding, they were projecting their own thoughts onto me and their thoughts could change in the next few days or weeks.
But who am I truly? Who are you?
No one knows a product better than it’s manufacturer, isn’t it?
Who created you? God did. And He didn’t just create you just as He had created other living creatures (the plants, birds, sea animals etc). God created human beings, making them to be like Himself. In other words, our true identity is who we are in Christ Jesus.
In the past you may have been called all of sorts of names and unpleasant things. And over time you have started to embody those words and express them in your actions. You have become who they said they you were. But they are so wrong; you are not who they say you are, you are not your behavior or mistakes. You are not your bad days, disappointments or failures, the opinions of people do not define you. You are who God says you are. It’s high time you begin to accept that and live in the reality of it.
What have you been listening to?
Whose words are you letting to control you?
You should not be controlled by any other but by the word of God which supersedes everything.
The situation you are in is saying one thing, and the comments are saying others things but what does God’s Word say about you?
1. You are God’s people
“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”
1 Peter 2:10 NLT
2. You are precious to God. You are honored, and He loves you.
“… I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.”
Isaiah 43:4 NLT
3. You are not ordinary, you are chosen by God. You are royalty, you are holy and you belong to God, you are His very own.
“…for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
1 Peter 2:9 NLT
4. You are the salt of the Earth.
You add flavour & taste to the world.
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?…”
Matthew 5:13 NLT
5. You are the light of the world. You are a source of illumination to the world.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:14 NLT
6. You belong to God. He knows you by name.
“… the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.”
Isaiah 43:1 NLT
7. You are God’s child. You have God’s nature in you.
“I say, ‘You are gods; you are all children of the Most High.”
Psalms 82:6 NLT
8. You have God’s character.
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
I John 4:4 NKJV
9. You are complete. You are whole. You are enough.
“and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”
Colossians 2:10 NKJV
10. The Holy Spirit dwells in you.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”
I Corinthians 6:19 NKJV
“When you realize your identity is a friend of God, a child of God, a partner with God, you will do everything you were created to do. But you must not forget that you are not what you do. You truly are chosen, appointed, victorious, accepted as you are and free! “- An excerpt from a devotional