92/100 #SoWillI #Inspired
‘Hi, Rawder? Remember me? I am that lady who has lost all hope, I have tried everything I just want to give up!’ I had to slow her down, NO. ‘That’s not who you are! You are Ruth, you are strong, you are special, you are loved, and you need someone to talk to.’ I come across these descriptions day in and out, people describing themselves by what they are going through or their past. This particular one had really been transformed, but still wanted to describe herself by her past. It breaks my heart, to see someone calling themselves, the sick one, the one whose marriage is not working, the one who is always depressed, the one who is jobless. Well, sometimes these stories are needed as testimonies to inspire others. But they should not be our identity.
Some people only remain relevant by being identified with sad stories and struggles of life, so they hold on and day in and day out they think through the past and survive through pity parties and sympathy. This way, they never grow, plus, the world gets tired of that same old story. Everyone wants something new. That’s why even when we share testimonies, we focus on God. Yes, you have suffered, but thats not who you are.
No matter what we have gone through, our identity should remain in Christ. As long as we are children of God we are a new creation. ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ – 2 Corinthians 5:17. Don’t let the troubles of this world steal away your identity. Your value is constant in Christ, there’s nothing you can do to make God love you less. Even now, even in this mess, He loves you. All you need is to spend time with Him, look at yourself through the lenses of His word, or else the world will distort your identity. See yourself how God sees you! That’s all that matters.
Don’t put any labels on yourself, no matter what you have gone through, no matter what experts have said about you. Seek your true identity. Understand who you are in Christ! You are important! Stop seeking validation from the world, nothing else will fill that void, it can only be filled by Christ. Your real identity doesn’t come from things that make you happy, its not found in sinful pleasures, its not found in what you own, its not found from within, its not found in religion, its not found in your earthly achievements. Its only found in Christ!
Your God given identity can be recovered! Satan through sin may have stolen it, you feel the need of describing yourself by what you have gone through. Today, who you are in Christ is all that matters. ‘For YOU are God’s masterpiece. He has created YOU anew in Christ Jesus, so YOU can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’ (Ephesians 2:10 ) So, take it back!
I pray that we shall not let anything or anyone steal our identity today. We shall be confident in who we are in Christ; no matter what we are going through.