Who Does God Say You Are?
Have you ever wondered if God thinks about you?
I used to think he didn't think about me at all. I thought I was in this world alone, and I was dying to make something out of myself so that I could be seen. As a teenager I wanted to be an actor, singer, or fashion designer. Anything that would get me noticed. For so long I'd felt invisible, but inside I was screaming, look at me! Someone pay me attention!
But God already had. When I discovered that he saw me and heard me, I was able to let go of those things I was chasing. I didn't have to seek attention, I already had it.
As I began to tiptoe into the deep waters of God's word, I found words of love and affirmation. God calls us his special possession, his handiwork, and many other loving terms. One thing is clear throughout scripture- as followers of Christ, we are his.
And that is our identity.
In order to truly know who we are, we have to let go of everything we think makes us us. Our relationships, reputation, past experiences- none of that is our identity. No, we need something deeper and more stable than that to carry us through life. Something that covers all of our sins, shortcomings, and insecurities. God is that something, and he's saying, “It’s okay if you’re not good enough. You’re mine.”
Here are 7 Bible verses to help you build your identity in Christ. These address the 7 questions from the blog post, "Who Do You Think You Are?"
1. Where am I finding my worth?
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. -1 Peter 2:9
2. Who or what am I chasing?
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. - Psalm 73:25-26
3. Who do I wish I was?
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. -2 Corinthians 12:9
4. Do I know why I was created?
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” -Ephesians 2:10
5. Do I know what my gifts are?
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. -1 Corinthians 12:7-11
6. Are my gifts important and useful?
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? -1 Corinthians 12:15-19
7. What lies am I believing about myself?
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. - 1 Peter 5:8-9