Four Scriptures on Your True Identity
By Caroline Baker, a student in our School of Frontier Missions.
We live in a world that bombards us with messages about who we are or who we are supposed to be. Such messages include opinions on how we dress, speak, items we should purchase, what social behaviour is acceptable, careers, our socioeconomic status and so on. Often these influences come from family, culture, peers, workplace, media and other sources. Whether we realise it or not, these messages have a great impact on how we think of ourselves.
The world often says, “We must make a lot of money to be successful” or “If you are not a certain size, you are not attractive” or “You are only smart if you are good at math and science.” People sometimes make certain assessments of others based on what they do, or how they look.
…However, God sees us completely different.
He created us for the purpose of relationship with Him. God desires for us to live in true freedom through who He has designed us to be and the plan He has for our lives. The following are verses from the Bible that we can stand firm on about the truth of our identity:
(Genesis 1:27) “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.” We are created by God, as a reflection of Himself. Putting so much love and care into our design; each individual is a unique expression of God.
(1 Corinthians 3:16) “Do you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells within you?” We have the amazing privilege to have the Holy Spirit living within us. We are His chosen, not because what we have done, but what He first did for us.
(2 Corinthians 5:17) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” God identifies us as a new creation in Christ. Christ led a perfect life on earth and when you committed your life to Him, God sees Christ in you.
(Ephesians 2:19) “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” God identifies us as His own. We are a part of His family.
God knows you by your name, by every hair that is on your head. He knows more about you than you even know. Be firm in your true identity – as a created, unique, and abundantly loved child of God.