Recently, I returned to my hometown to attend a wedding of one of my dear friends. It was a beautiful ceremony and I am so thrilled that they tied the knot when they were ready, after being together for over 11 years. In the days and weeks leading up to my trip and the wedding, I began to experience some anxiety. This was unsurprising — it happens every time I go back to the place I grew up. As I’ve moved and aged and had life experiences, I’ve become a different person than I was in college and high school. Some parts of me are still the same (I hate rom-com’s but love football), but on the whole, the life I live today is very different than the one I lived then. But, every time I go back I am tempted to fall into old patterns of living that just aren’t me and aren’t healthy. Anyone else with me on this?
What really made my nerves go through the roof, was knowing who would be at this wedding: people I went to high school and even elementary school with who I haven’t talked to since we graduated almost a decade ago. What would it be like to see them again? And, more than that, who would I be in that situation? How could I show all those I interacted with that I was successful? Important? Making a difference? How could I show that the angry, hurt, depressed girl I was, was completely gone?
In the end, it wasn’t a big deal. I saw my old friends who I love, and got to celebrate with the happy couple, but this situation got me thinking about this concept of identity. Who are we? And what defines our identities?
I think that many of the struggles that we face are rooted in lies that we believe about ourselves.
In Matthew 4, the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted and the enemy went right after Jesus’s identity. Three times he says “If you are the Son of God…” giving Jesus an opportunity to prove his deity. Yet, Jesus was the only person in the history of humanity who never had an identity crisis. Jesus knew who he was because He knew what the Father had said about Him.
This begs the question: what does God say about you?
Here are just a few that I came up with, I encourage you to write your own list.
Complete (Colossians 2:10)
Alive (Ephesians 2:5)
Free (Romans 8:2)
Masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)
Brand New (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Overcomer (Revelation 12:11)
Righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)
Loved (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
And there are hundreds of other examples that you can find within the pages of your Bible. Over and over again God speaks life and love over us, affirming our position as beloved children. But I wonder how often we hear the enemy whispering in our ears saying, “If you are a Daughter of God…”? How many times does he cast doubt on who we are in Christ?
The enemy specializes in dredging up the past that Jesus has so graciously covered. He’s the one who will bring up those old places of shame that Christ wiped away with his blood. The enemy brushes the dust off of those parts of your life that Jesus has closed the book on, claiming that they are still relevant. But the enemy is wrong and he is a liar.
So, once again, I ask:
Who does God say you are?
After you identify who God says you are, I encourage you to meditate on the list. If any of them are difficult for you to accept or believe, give that over to God. Let what He says about you wash over you, replacing who you were and those lies you’ve believed about yourself.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah is part of We are Unveiled's teaching team. She loves sharing about life and faith and is thankful for the opportunity to do that through her writing. She is passionate about story and enjoys learning about people's journeys of hope and healing. She believes every number has a name, every name has a story, and every story is worthy of being shared.