Begin by making a list…
Start this list with “I am a” followed by the nouns you use to describe yourself. For example, my list would be:
I am a…
Look back at this list as you read this devotion.
You were born with a name. You might have an occupation now or be a student. You might be a Mrs. A mom, a sister, an aunt, or a grandma. You may have a hobby that is important to who you are. Each of these names are what you consider to be your identity. When meeting someone for the first time, you probably describe yourself using these identities. However, you have another identity that is the most important, but it is also often forgotten.
You Are a Child of God!
On Earth, we choose to define ourselves by the things we have accomplished. You take pride in your occupation because it is what you do everyday. You refer to yourself as Mrs or as a Mom because its proof that you have gotten married or had children. However, being a Child of God requires no accomplishment. There is nothing that we can do to earn that title or get it taken away. Many don’t take pride in this title because they didn’t earn it. However, even though it doesn’t represent one of our accomplishments, it represents God’s accomplishment. He created man and woman in his image and sent his Son to take our place. It’s a title that reminds us of His unconditional love for us.
When our earthly identities change…
The problem with using an earthly title to define yourself is that those titles can change. If you have always defined yourself as a nurse, what is your identity if you lose your job? If your main identity is being a mother, what will your life look like when your kids leave home? You will feel as though you have lost your identity. Your identity in Christ will never change over time or completely be lost. As a student, I struggle with making my primary identity be a “student”. Particularly, a “straight A student”. When I receive bad grades, my self-esteem goes down and I feel insufficient because I have failed to uphold my title. These feelings are completely unnecessary! If you just view yourself as first and foremost, a Child of God, you will never feel like a failure!
1 Peter 2:9 says “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
In a world that wants us to constantly prove our worth, it should feel good to be chosen. Next time you look in the mirror, start thinking of yourself as chosen instead of immediately thinking of your flaws or shortcomings.