People and things have a way of influencing our decisions in different areas of our lives and if we are not careful, we lose our identity because material things or others end up shaping our lives. Our identity is not found in material things, it’s not found in people – not our parents or spouses or children or even friends but sorely on Jesus Christ. Society is stuck on identifying us by race, nationality, financial or social status. Sadly, people sometimes overlook the heart in preference to appearance.
I love what God says in I Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” This was when Samuel had gone to anoint David as King. Even David’s father didn’t consider his youngest son as a possibility. When Samuel asked him to bring out his sons, he left the shepherded boy out of the selection line. Naturally Samuel, like many of us would have looked for a tall, buff man to be king. I mean, we need a strong man to lead but the heart is stronger than your limbs because when our limbs give in to exhaustion, the heart is still beating. We can do without the physical built but let’s face it, without the heart, there’s no life. God sustains our inner being. He nurtures our hearts and protects it from defilement but we have to make that choice; to allow Him to be our identity, our sustainer.
God did not create His children to be second class citizens but first class in every way. Money, house, car, job is just that; things. Yes, god blesses us with these things but not so that we can lose ourselves in them. While some people see material things as their identity, others know that material things are what we acquire from the work we do. People in our lives can never fill the void left when we lose our identity. Only Christ Jesus can fill that void. 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. As believers this is who we are to our Father. We are chosen, marked by the blood of the Lamb and set aside for His goodness and glory.
John 14:18 8 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. We are not abandoned; we are not orphaned as believers. Because of Jesus, we are adopted as sons and daughters and we are securely grounded in Him as long as we are living for Him. Whenever the enemy tells s you, you are not worthy; remember the cross. When he comes to tell you no one loves you; remember the cross (John 3:16). When people make you feel like you do not belong, rise up and claim your God given identity. You are a child of God; you were created in His image (Genesis 1:27). You are chosen called and are precious in His sight. (John 3:16). If the enemy reminds you of your past, remind him of the cross. Jesus paid it all. Just like God chose the shepherd boy to be the king of Israel and later said he was a man after Gods own heart, God is choosing you. John 15:16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.
Let Jesus be your identity. Let Him define who you are. Look to Him when in doubt. He will never beat you down when you lose your way and forget who you are. The prodigal son came to his senses and went back home to His father and the father received him back with open arms and even threw a party for him. The bible says the father killed the fatted calf; put a robe on his shoulders and a ring on his finger. (Luke 15:11-32). Your heavenly Father is waiting for you if you are not a believer to say yes to Christ as Lord and Savior, if you are struggling with knowing who you are as a son or daughter He’s listening for your call, He’s waiting to have you back home in His arms where your identity is secure and sealed by the blood of Jesus Christ.