As a little girl, I loved to dress up. With my costumes, I became all sorts of people: Princess Leia, Laura Ingalls, Belle, a prima ballerina, even an occasional superhero. But eventually, I grew tired of “being” those people and moved on to someone else.
As I grew up, I found a different way of dressing up. One year, I was the fastest girl in my class; another year, I was the top math student; a few years later, I was the biggest reader in my elementary school. But all of those changed over the years as well. Someone would outrun me, or read more, or get better grades in math. And after every change, I was left a little lost as to who I was.
The bottom line from last weekend’s message was, “Where you are LIVING FROM shapes what you are LIVING FOR.” When you live from the wrong identity, you are consumed with keeping up that behavior. You do everything you can to uphold your self-made lifestyle.
Instead, God gives us a different identity.
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
How amazing is it that we are the children of a King? A King who takes great pleasure in making us his own. God calls us his sons and daughters. The identities we tend to “dress up” in—boss, bookworm, artist, musician, athlete, chef—can all change. But the identity God has given us will never change.
Once we understand our never-changing identity, we are called to live from it. Knowing who we are in Christ gives us the freedom to love others, because they are God’s children just as much as we are. We can live from who God says we are—his sons and daughters.
It is so easy to get caught up in an identity apart from God. I hung a sign across from my bed to remind me of who I am. It’s the first thing I see every morning. It says, “I am the daughter of a King who is not moved by this world. For my God is with me and goes before me, and I will not fear because I am his.”
Live from who God says you are, the child of a King!
What are some of the identities you have been “dressing up” in? How can you remind yourself of who God says you are? Is there anyone in your life that needs to hear what God says about them?
Find a way to remind yourself of your identity in Christ, like a sign in your room or a T-shirt. Look up some Bible verses that tell you what God says about you. As you go through your week, look for ways you can show God’s love to others.
Father God, thank you for adopting me into your family. What an extraordinary gift! Help me to live from my identity in you, as your dearly beloved child, not from identities I make for myself. You are the only thing that will never change. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Lydia Snyder. Lydia has been a story-lover for as long as she can remember, often found reading books or writing. She is thrilled to be making a difference by inspiring others to take part in the best story ever – God’s story. Lydia lives with her three wonderful siblings and two amazing parents.
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