Finding the Truth of Your Identity
Our current generation seems to struggle with knowing the truth of our identity. Where do we get our truth from? How does this ‘truth’ impact our lives? And what if this isn’t actually the truth?
We can often struggle with insecurities in our lack of true understanding of ourselves and God. According to the United Nations’ Youth Envoy, approximately 20% of youth aged 15-24 experience a mental health problem. Depression or anxiety are the most common with 1 in 12 young people engaged in self-harm. Youth also have the highest rates of eating disorders, intake of harmful amounts of alcohol and drug usage. These statistics suggest that a significant amount of youth are unhappy and unsure of themselves.
Everyone wrestles with the questions, “Who am I?” and “Am I good enough?”, but the world gives us the wrong answers.
Where does our truth come from?
In modern-day society, “truth” comes from all directions. When we are very young, our truth comes from our family. As we grow older, this sphere extends to friends, teachers, books and the media. Young people seem to especially rely on social media for truth; how to look, act, and what to value. Celebrities and models have become our human standard. With this constant pressure for perfection, we can start to compare ourselves to others, allowing lies to sink in: “I am not beautiful”, “I am too fat”, “I am not smart”, and “I am worthless”. These lies could become the foundation upon which we build our lives if we’re not careful. They could shape our belief about who we are.
The power of truth
This week we had a session with all the girls in my Discipleship Training School and the school leader was talking to us about the power of speaking truth over our lives. We did an exercise where half of the girls stood blindfolded in a line and then the rest of us would go up to them and give them truthful encouragements such as, “You are beautiful” or “You give people so much joy.” Immediately you could see the effect of the words. The girls started crying or they smiled like crazy. There is so much power in hearing the truth about yourself; the truth that breaks down the lies of the world.
Where should we get our truth from?
In the book of John, Jesus proclaims that He is “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). John also says that “grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). Jesus is the source of all truth and He should be the one we turn to with our questions about our identity and worth.
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.'” (John 8:31-32)
Jesus tells us to “abide in [His] word” so that we will know the truth. He is telling us to read the Bible. God has literally given us a book with all the answers, so why don’t we read it! As young people, we must learn to turn to the Bible when we are feeling insecure rather than turning to Facebook or Instagram. We need to learn to turn to the source of truth rather than the lies of the world.
Who does God say that I am?
Here are just a few things that the Bible tells us about our identity in Jesus Christ:
- A child of God
“But to all who have received him, who have believed in his name, he has given the right to become God’s children.” (John 1:12)
“See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are.” (1 John 3:1)
- Greatly loved
“But God proves his love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“For freedom, Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
“For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2)
“…our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3)
- God’s beautiful work of art
“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139: 14)
“For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love.” (Ephesians 1:4)
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7)This is
This is truth.
What does this mean?
So how can we make sure we walk in this truth? Here are some helpful keys to remaining in truth:
1. Speak it
Verbally speak the truth out over your life. There is so much power in words. I’ve found it helpful in my life to speak to my reflection in the mornings when I check myself in the mirror. I will stand there one second longer and say to myself, “I am a precious and chosen daughter of God” or “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” After a while, it doesn’t feel awkward or slightly untruthful or boastful, it just starts to feel normal and right.
2. Turn to God
When we are feeling insecure or lost, He is our source of security. It’s beneficial to ask Him what He thinks of us or ask Him to tell us something which we really need to hear in that moment. I did this recently during a time of worship and it was so encouraging. God told me that I am a fighter and that He has made me really strong. This was exactly what I needed to hear because I had been feeling really overwhelmed with life, thinking that I couldn’t do anything and that I wasn’t strong enough to cope. In our downs, we can ask God to speak to us and He will always speak life and truth!
3. Look at scripture
The Bible is a big book full of truth.
4. Put away falsehood
We have to put away all falsehoods; lies that we believe about ourselves, and roles/images that we project to others. Bring them in prayer to God and release them to Him.
When we know our true identity in Jesus, we can start to walk with confidence. We can also start to properly love others in a way which is not possible when we are seeking acceptance and approval from other things.
Jesus is the truth and He gives us the ultimate truth about who we are. We have to learn to build our lives on the foundation of Jesus’ truth and ignore the lies of the world.
We ask “Am I good enough?” and Jesus says “YES!”