Knowing who we are is one of the most important things in life. We all get labeled by someone at some time. We are someone's son or daughter, brother or sister, a student, a wife or husband, a grandparent, parent, doctor, lawyer, nurse, teacher, businessperson, driver.
We're the sad one or the happy go lucky one. The overachiever. The life of the party. We're known by a nickname or something we did or did not do. A failure. A dreamer. The artist. The athlete. The stay-at-home parent. The runner up. The boss. The nerd. The princess.
"You name it, society puts labels on us and says in a loud voice: that's who you are." - Bear Grylls
We all deal with self-image issues from time to time. Everyone is insecure at some point. We are unsure of who we truly are.
We all wonder about identity at some point, especially in times of transition - marriage, graduation, becoming a parent, losing a job, getting sick or becoming disabled, facing an addiction, moving to a new location, starting a new job, failing at something, succeeding at something.
We all seek security in knowing who we are.
For those who follow Jesus our identity is secured:
It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.
- Ephesians 1:11 MSG
In Christ, we are children of the King. It is in Christ that we find the security of being loved for just being ourselves. He loves because He does. We do not need to be anyone or anything else.
We can just be ourselves - without fear or worry or insecurity. We can be secure and ok. Not that God wants us to stay the way we are but He works in us to allow us to become the person He created us to be.
Jesus came to set us free from sin and through this freedom, we find a new identity. We find our true selves.
We are not here to prove ourselves or to reach unreachable goals. We find our reason to live in Christ.
There is great freedom in Christ. Freedom from labels and id's. We are simply His.