How would you respond if I asked you to describe your identity? Who are you? Your identity in Christ is far different than your personal identity which is commonly defined by your family role or job description. (I’m a Mom, or I’m a teacher, etc.) It also includes your personality traits, hobbies, likes and dislikes, etc. But these are just facts about you that change throughout your life. The life we have as believers means our old self died, and He has made us completely new!
Your Personal Identity
A cringe-worthy memory of my teen years comes back to remind me how much we all feel a need to be liked; to be “worthy” in someone’s eyes.
I was a very tall and gangly “nerdy” gal which earned me many unpleasant nicknames- “zipper”, “stick”, etc. I read in a teen magazine that you make more friends if you just smiled more. So as a reminder, I attached a bright yellow sticker to my notebook that said “smile”.
Yeah, I don’t remember that working well. (Apparently a mouth full of glaring metal walking down the hall is unimpressive.)
I was depending on the approval of others to validate my own worth.
I thought there must be something I could do to meet their expectations and be included.
Have you ever felt inadequate, unappreciated, or unloved? The voices and expectations of the world can be mighty loud.
There’s a much better way to live.
Why Is It Important to Know your Identity in Christ?
Having a rock-solid understanding of your identity in Christ is essential to living your life in the way He intended. You will never have to work to fit in or be someone you’re not.
Jesus has rescued you, redeemed you, and brought you into His family forever. You are perfect in His eyes!
Who Does Jesus Say I Am?
Jesus has plenty to tell you about your identity. He wants you to know you can always turn to Him to lean on. You can depend on His exquisite love regardless of what you look like, say or do.
He is so completely dependable that there is no situation He can’t walk you through. He always is available to listen to your thoughts, dreams, needs and struggles. Jesus wants to give you direction and guidance in all aspects of your life.
Jesus deeply roots His Holy Spirit within us; we cannot change it, and He never leaves. Hurricane force trials don’t pull Him out of our lives.
The voices of your world may overwhelm and discourage you. You may retreat from Him. But our identity in Him remains- and sometimes we just need a reminder.
Who In the Bible Struggled with Identity?
Moses was a Hebrew castaway adopted and brought up in an Egyptian world. He didn’t “fit in” with the surrounding culture. While his people were enslaved; he lived as royalty.
He made a huge mistake when he murdered an Egyptian and ended up in the wilderness. When God comes to Moses and gives him a job to do, Moses has another identity crisis: “Who am I, that I should go…?” (Exodus 3:11)
He felt unworthy and incapable.
The world would have told Moses what a great candidate he was for the job. He had the inside intel on the palace and Pharaoh. He was smart and well educated in Egyptian ways.
But God knew that Moses needed more than a pumping up of his self-image.
God did not base His remedy for Moses’ insecurity and identity crisis on who Moses was, but who God is.
Defined by God
God has the answer to our identity issues. It is all about who He is and what He can accomplish in our lives if we let Him.
God’s answer to Moses and to us is this: “I will be with you.” Exodus 3:12 NIV.
In all things, at all times, He is with us. Every problem, every feeling of inadequacy, every painful circumstance- He is there with abundant resources to offer us.
Finding Your Identity in Christ
You are Created in His Image
We can go back to the very beginning of creation to see our worth and identity when God created us “in His image.” We are unique to Him- His exquisite, created “masterpiece”- a work of art!
Genesis 1:27–“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Ephesians 2:10– “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
God’s Unconditional Love
Absolutely nothing can separate us from Jesus’ love. Nothing can stop His constant presence in our lives. He wants us to feel secure, safe and surrounded by His love.
1 John 3:1- “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!”
Romans 8:38-39 “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Jeremiah 31:3– “I have love you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
God Is With Us
Our Immanuel-God with Us– left his throne in heaven to come to us as Messiah. As He was finishing His work on earth, He promised us, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) When we are lonely, we always have Jesus’ comforting presence.
Your Sins are Forgiven
Jesus, the Innocent one, died to atone for our sins. We, who are guilty, receive no punishment for our wrongs. Jesus’ work on the cross bridged the chasm that existed between us and God.
We have eternal life with Him as a secure promise. We could never have accomplished this on our own. Why did He do this? His great love for us and the desire to be with us forever. There is no one who will love you more!
John 10:11- “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
What Does God See When He Looks at Me?
He sees you with an unconditional love that is stronger and deeper than any love we could ever know. You are his precious child and a uniquely created member of His family. You are the apple of His eye; protected and safe.
Psalm 17:8- “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.”
Embracing your identity in Christ means you see yourself exactly as He sees you.
You are who He says you are, not believing the lies of the world. You are valuable and special to Him. He made you in His image and willingly sacrificed His life for you. He has plans for you that are good!
Obstacles to Faith in Your Identity
These rich truths and promises are amazing and comforting and empowering. Then why are we so quick to forget them?
There were times in my life I let the world tell me who I saw in the mirror. I heard their interpretation of my life’s circumstances.
Unresolved childhood sexual abuse left scars that made me see myself as “dirty” and “impure.” Even after Jesus saved me, I always saw myself as entering Heaven and hiding in a back corner. I would be happy just to get a glimpse of His majesty and presence. Surely I did not deserve the full “daughter of a King” treatment.
As an adult, I felt judged for being divorced, a single parent, and even in remarrying. Many times it was Christians making me feel “less than.”
Sometimes we listen to the opinions of others instead of Jesus. These falsehoods creep in and we believe them and let them rule our days.
When we feel discouraged, worthless, lonely, or rejected, it’s time to remind ourselves of our identity in Christ.
Take refuge in His Word, claim His promises, and live in His love and hope. Entrenching His promises deep in our hearts will help us when needed!
You are in Christ
Ephesians 1:3-14 is a beautiful recitation of some of the many blessings we have received through our Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. You will find “In Him” and “in Christ” mentioned many times. (I’m putting the truths of your identity in Christ in bold.)
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing (not a single one held back!) in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.
This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So, we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” vv3-6.
“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure.” vv7-9
“Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.”vv11,13.
Believe What God Says About You
It’s all a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? It’s even harder for me to realize that I let these precious promises fly out the window when a trial or a perceived slight comes my way.
Life is a series of setbacks and wins, challenges, and celebrations. We “press on” when we remember how valuable we are to Him and how much He sacrificed on our behalf.
At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is what God thinks of you! Reflect on these truths regularly and fully embrace your identity in Christ!
Access this free printable in the Graphics section on my resource page. Print it off and reflect on these truths. Remind yourself of your identity in Christ! He wants you to always remember how valuable you are to Him!♥
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8 thoughts on “Embracing Your Identity in Christ”
Teen years are so hard! But I don’t think that struggle ever fully goes away. Which is why knowing our identity in Christ, and staying rooted in it, is so important.
Thanks for linking up with the Grace & Truth Link-Up this week.
Thanks Heather, and you’re right. The identity struggle continues but knowing who we are in Christ is the best way to stay grounded!
This is beautiful, AnnMarie! My favorite part is “Embracing your identity in Christ means you see yourself exactly as He sees you.” I struggled with understanding how He sees me for a long time. The world says it’s about self-esteem, but it’s not because relying on myself will always fail. It’s about seeing you through His eyes, be He never fails. And your printable is beautiful 🙂
I’m glad you’ve joined us for Grace & Truth and I hope to see you again next week!
Thanks so much Valerie! I too struggled with this, and I don’t think we’re alone in this! It’s so comforting to me to see myself through His eyes!
Thanks, AnnMarie! I needed to read this. Jane
So glad it resonated with you Jane! Sometimes we all need reminders of how He sees us- me included! 🙂
Surprising to hear about your teen years.
The Ann Marie I know is so pretty, with a beautiful smile!!
But such a good reminder to anyone who puts their identity in anything but Christ. Or who occasionally forgets!! Thanks, Ann.
Thanks Cindy! Oh no, I should try to find you some dandy pics of me in my early years 🙂