How do you define your identity?
Do you define it or do you let God define it?
Well I have defined my identity so many times by what is going on in my life.
One day I may feel like I am succeeding as a mother, wife, and daughter of God and the next I feel like a major failure.
Just as I thought everything was going good something would happen in a blink of an eye that would change my entire outlook on who I was.
You know, you scream at the kids, you don’t get all the projects done that you had on your to-do-list for the day, you forget the doctors appointment, you burn dinner, or you just feel like nothing is going right at all. Boy have I been there a few times.
My identity would change often. It was like a roller coaster of identities and emotions. I feel like my actions are linked to my identity. It’s very easy to get down and out when things aren’t going well. But should our identity be made up of our mishaps? No. Satan wants us to label ourself by what we do and don’t do. He wants us to feel like a failure. That is when he sneaks in and works on us. He decreases our value in our mind and heart during these times.
Thankfully, God is always there and has a different identity for us.
He doesn’t link our actions to how much he loves us. His love is unchanging.
John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
Some days I have to remind myself this multiple times. It is so easy to get discouraged and think of myself as a failure when my actions don’t meet my expectations, but I have to stop, pray, and remind myself that God is there. His word tells us how He loves us and how he identifies us. Not as a failure but a child of God.
Romans 5:6-8 says, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungoldy. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Our value, identity, and self worth should not be defined by our actions. God accepts us just the way we are.
The only thing that should matter is what God thinks about us and that is unchanging.
Let’s have unshakable belief in our identity because God has identified us as HIS!