When you think about what you identify yourself with, what would your answer be? Would it include money, popularity, your job/career, family, friends, or school? Whatever it may be, does it line up with God’s Word?
Over the past couple of weeks, every time I turn around there is something that I read or watch that deals with the words “identity,” “self-worth,” or “self-image.” I’ve watched a video at school about what teens identify themselves with, and I have also read in my college book about different disorders and worries that people have over the way they live their life. These are huge topics that need to be discussed because they are things that people are dealing with today.
I surveyed some of my friends by asking them what do they think the top five identifiers are that people associate themselves with. Most said popularity, hobbies, friends, clothing, family-life, and school. I would have to agree that these are probably some of the most important things that we “idolize” in our every day lives.
What I mean by “idolize” is that when we put our hobbies, popularity status, outward appearance, etc. as our top priorities, we are taking Jesus off of His throne, only to put ourselves on it and make our lives reflect what people want to see. We want to fit in, and we want to be like everyone else out of fear of rejection and out of fear of being talked about by others. In reality, none of these attributes really matter. The only thing that matters is our walk with Christ and how we are shining His light in a broken and sinful world. Ephesians 4:22-24 says this, “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” What these verses are saying is that when we become born-again Believer, we are to put off those things that we identified ourselves with in the past and put on the true identity that we are, which is a child of God. The only thing that ultimately matters is that we have a relationship with Christ and are walking with Him. All of the things we associate ourselves with (money, fame, ___________) will be of no value in the end. Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” If you are laying up earthly treasures, that is where your heart, or identity, is, but if you lay up treasures and rewards in heaven by serving and obeying God’s Word, your heart, or identity, will be found in Jesus.
There could never be a more beautiful you. Lay aside the fact that you are not popular, and know that you are famous in God’s eyes. Don’t worry about how much makeup you put on or the latest outfits that are out there that you just have to have. Love your job, but don’t let it become who you are. Use your job or school life as a mission field to be about God’s business. Let your identity be found in Christ, and use your talents and passions for His glory and honor. In the end, the only thing that will matter is how you lived your life in your new body that God gave you when you were adopted into His family.
If you aren’t a child of God, make the decision TODAY to follow after Jesus Christ. He loves you and accepts you just the way you are. Don’t worry about what people may think or the gains that you may lose. Jesus thinks you are priceless. He died for you so that you can make the decision to follow Him and not have to live in torment for eternity.
You will only wear yourself out by trying to live the best life you can live through the identity you think you have. People try to cling to an identity to satisfy their needs. Leave it all behind, and find your identity in Christ. It is so worth it.
“If we don’t discover our identity, worth, and purpose in God through Jesus, we will find and worship a substitute god.” – Derwin L. Gray
“You’ve been taught to talk and dress and act like you’re cheap. But we think…we believe there’s a God who knows exactly what you’re worth…” – “Priceless” the Novel