Who would you say that you are? Would you say that your career or accomplishments are what defines who you are? Or would you say whatever you’re most talented in defines you? Now what if I were to ask you what your identity would be if all that was taken away; would you know what it would be then?
Our identity is such an important aspect of our life yet so often we build our identity on things that can easily be stripped away from us. Have you ever heard of an identity crisis? An identity crisis is caused because our identity isn’t built on the right foundation. At that point all of the things in our lives that we used to claim as our identity has dissipated. Our true identity is found in Jesus. When we build our identity on Jesus, it can never be taken away from us because Jesus is everlasting. We aren’t defined by what we have done or accomplished but by what Jesus has done for us.
In Matthew 7:24-27 ESV Jesus is teaching on a parable about two different types of house builders: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
This parable is so powerful. The foolish man who built his house on the sand is a reference to those who place their identity and faith in the things of this world. The things of this world are temporary, they aren’t everlasting but Jesus is. The wise man built his house upon an unshakable foundation and that unshakable foundation is a reference to Jesus. The Lord is referenced multiple times in scripture as being a rock (Deuteronomy 32:4, 13, 1 Samuel 2:2, and 1 Corinthians 10:4). One in particular that I’m going to share with you is Psalm 18:2 TPT: “You’re as real to me as bedrock beneath my feet, like a castle on a cliff, my forever firm fortress, my mountain of hiding, my pathway of escape, my tower of rescue where none can reach me. My secret strength and shield around me, you are salvation’s ray of brightness shining on the hillside, always the champion of my cause.” I love the way the passion translation states it, it goes more in depth to show how loving, gentle and protective the Father is of his children.
The devil is constantly trying to bombard us with lies and instill fear in us to keep us from knowing who we are in Christ and from doing everything that the Lord has called us to do.
We need to know WHO we are to fulfill our destiny. Did you know that Jesus actually got his identity from God the Father? Matthew 3:13-17 NLT states “Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John tried to talk him out of it. ‘I am the one who needs to be baptized by you,’ he said, ‘so why are you coming to me?’ But Jesus said, ‘It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.’ So John agreed to baptize him. After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.'”
Ephesians 1:4-15 says that since we’re in Christ, whatever God says about Jesus is also true about us. Let that sink in. The next time you ever see a statement about who God says Jesus is, know that that is your identity too.
In the above scripture verse it says that he CHOSE us before even the creation of the world. That means that we don’t earn more of God’s love when we do things, we already have his Love. There is nothing else we can do to receive more of his Love, he Loved us before he even spoke anything into existence.
So who are we to criticize God’s creation? I’m guilty of this. A revelation that the Lord gave me was that when we criticize or speak harshly towards ourselves, we’re actually saying that about God since we are made in his image. For instance, when we call ourselves ugly or stupid, we’re actually calling God ugly and stupid. What you do often flows out of the lies that you believe about yourself. A trap we tend to fall into is holding onto our mistakes. When we make a mistake we automatically assume we’re no longer good enough to be a child of God which is a lie from the pit of hell and I’ll prove it to you. When you make a mistake as a mother/father, son/daughter, or spouse are you no longer one of those? No, you’re still someones mother/father, son/daughter or spouse when you mess up. That doesn’t take away your relationship with that person and its the same way with God. You’re still a Child of God, your relationship with him doesn’t change. You just need to make things right with him as you would if you wronged your spouse or family member.
When we have a revelation of God’s Love for us, it is easier to identify the lies from the truth. With that distinction, we can walk in more boldness and confidence (1 John 3:1, Lamentations 3:22, Ephesians 3:4, 17).
God reveals his character through this by showing us that he is loving. Because he saw your value, he sent his innocent son Jesus to die on your behalf. Something to keep in mind is this: A roman coin is just as valuable if someone does or doesn’t see its value; in return God sees your value even if others don’t. This concept has challenged me to no longer put my value in my accomplishments or the things I do but continually ask God what my original design is and start declaring that over my life. God defines who I am, not this world.