It is hard to believe that we are halfway through this study. How are you doing? What changes are you seeing in your life? It is amazing how I am beginning to look at things differently and restructuring what my priorities are. As we move into this third section of the study, I want you to ask yourself this question; who am I?
God knew exactly what He was doing when He created each and every one of us. He lovingly held you in His hands when He knit you together (Psalm 139:13). God does not make mistakes. He made everyone unique in appearance, personality, character, gifts and talents, in order to fulfill His purpose for your life.
It is easy to look around, especially in this media driven society, to see how we are supposed to look and act. However, do not let the enemy get a hold of your identity and take it from you. You were made for more than this. You and I were not created to be a cookie cutter of the next person. We need to learn what our real identity is and hold tight to it. Our identity comes from God, not from the world. If we allow satan to steal our identity, then he will destroy, not only your dreams, but also your purpose. If we fall victim to his lies, then we will struggle to try and create a persona that is not real. We will hide behind a mask and not let our identity in Christ shine through to the world.
Dear friend, let me tell you something, you are loved, treasured, forgiven and a child of the King. Please do not ever forget that. Christ loved you so much that He died for you. That is how valuable you are to Him and nothing will ever change that.
Our identity in Christ is so very important to me. I know from personal experience that we can easily hide behind this wall we construct to keep others out because of fear. However, that is not what Christ has in mind for us. He wants so much more for His beloved. That means you too! I struggled with this for quite some time and God has led me to write a book around this idea. If all goes well, the book should be out this fall. I give all the glory to God for seeing me through this, so that I can reach out and use what He has given me to help others.
This week I encourage you to look at the gifts and talents that God has given you, not your friend or neighbor, but you. Now, focus on those things and ask God to show you how you can use those things to shine for Him.
Questions to Consider:
- Go out and look at the night sky tonight. What does it make you think of? Read Psalm 8 and then write a poem or letter to God expressing your feelings.
- Find an object that reminds you who you really are. Put it in a special place where it will remind you of your true identity.
- Make a list of your strengths. Spend some time this week devoted to using and improving these gifts.