Realizing Your True Identity

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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…

1) Student

2) Girlfriend

3) Daughter

4) Nanny

5) Runner

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.

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Thankful for Thankfulness

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Around Thanksgiving time, everyone puts emphasis on being thankful for all of their blessings. How many times have you given thought to being thankful for being thankful? Sounds odd, but have you ever stopped to wonder what the world would be like if no one was thankful for anything? Everyone would take and take, but never give back. They would expect more and never work for anything. The main reason that we are thankful as Christians is because it is natural and obvious for us to be thankful. Romans 1:20 says For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” God’s blessings around us are so apparent that we don’t have any excuse but to attribute our gifts to God. There is no other explanation for the beauty around us. 

Unfortunately, sin flows from an ungrateful heart. When people are not appreciate of the things they have been given, they steal from others. When husbands are not appreciative of their wives, they lust. When people are jealous of others’ lives, they covet. At the root of each of these sins is an ungrateful heart.

Prideful and entitled individuals have the hardest time saying thank you. If someone feels they deserved what they have been given, thank you doesn’t come naturally because they feel in some way they earned their gift. If an individual is prideful, it can be difficult to humble themselves to say thank you. However, the reason why it’s hard to say thank you should be the reason we do it. Being thankful keeps us humble, kind, and giving. I’ll be the first to admit, it can be hard to give thanks for the grades I receive, the money I make, and leadership positions I hold. I become boastful and believe that I worked hard and I should be rewarded for my hard work. However, God provides us with each and every opportunity and the people in our lives who give us opportunities. Without Him, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Phillipians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Key Points:

1) God is the only explanation for all of the beauty around us

2) Sin flows from an ungrateful heart

3) Prideful and entitled individuals have the hardest time saying “thank you”

4) The reason why it’s hard to say thank you should be the reason we do it