Remembering Your Identity: How God Sees You
The familiar notification tone on her phone distracted her from her quiet time. Unfortunately, she knew that sound all too well, and the physical response of urgency took precedence over the task at hand.
Had someone liked her recent Instagram post?
Was it a new follower?
Or was this someone inquiring about her sharing her message on another platform?
Nowadays, it can be a real challenge to remember who you are in Christ, especially in the unrelenting culture of social media, where too many voices and opinions take center stage all at once.
It can also prove difficult when we cling to the identities we find from our life titles, be that devoted wife, committed mom, busy CEO, or entrepreneur. From this place, we allow the length of our grocery lists and to-do lists to dictate who we are and the importance we have in this world.
But here is the good news; finding your identity is as simple as responding when Jesus calls your name.
He Calls You By Name
Women throughout Jesus’ ministry were not strangers to the struggle of finding identity in Christ.
Mary Magdalene, who was tormented by seven demons (Luke 8:2), was used to overhearing what other people thought of her. She was considered dangerous and unclean, and yet, time spent with Jesus changed everything.
Martha, a hard worker (Luke 10:40), was more concerned with what she could do for Jesus than the active work of resting at His feet.
Both of these women truly loved Christ, and both of these women needed to be reminded of who they were in Him. However, it was through the exhale of a name that Jesus reminded them who they were, whose they were, and what life in Christ is and could be.
How the Father Sees You
Through Christ’s miraculous resurrection, we not only have been baptized into eternal life, but we also have abundant life here on Earth. And in order to embrace this new way of life, we must remember the new identities given when Jesus walked out of the grave.
You Are Forgiven
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14 NIV
Because of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, we have been reconciled to the Father. Our past, present, and future sins have been forgiven, and through His Son, we are now seen as holy and pleasing to God.
You Are Filled
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13 NIV
Jesus didn’t just come to restore us to heaven and leave. Instead, He filled us with the gift of the Holy Spirit to counsel, remind, teach, and comfort us as we go through life on this side of eternity. We don’t have to know it all, and we don’t have to be perfect; we only have to have open hearts and open hands as we invite God into each aspect of our lives.
You Are Free
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6 NIV
You, dear daughter, are free from the entanglement of sin! Because Jesus defeated the grave, we are no longer bound by our transgressions. And it is through the forgiveness of God and the filling of the Spirit that we can relentlessly walk in Christ’s freedom today and always.
Beloved, you are forgiven, you are filled, and you are free. Let us stake claim over our identities in the One who is more than a title, a filled calendar, and more victorious than death.
You are a daughter of the Most High God – to God be the glory!
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