Ephesians 2:10 - 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Identity is defined as:
1. the state or fact of remaining the same one or ones, as under varying aspects or conditions
2. the condition of being oneself
3. Condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is; the qualities, beliefs, etc., that distinguish or identify a person or thing:
So why identity? I really believe that God wants to release us as men and women into the fullness that he has for each one of us and in order to do that we are going to have to wrestle our way through that super-annoying question – Who Am I?
If you are like me, your answer to that question likely changes depending on where you are: Work, Home, Church, Out with friends, At the grocery store. I am not saying we are different people at all those places but just look at all the different hats that we : employee, employer, wife, husband, father, mother, caregiver, partner, friend, mentor, mentee, member of God’s family and I’m sure you can think of a ton that I missed.
Why does it matter?
Since plunging into the subject of identity God has been pressing upon me just how important Identity is and what a heart-issue it is. God wants to get to the heart of the matter with each one of us & give us His words which convey His heart to describe ourselves. He wants to set us free from the lies that have kept us tethered to false ideas of who we are or who we should be.
What are the words he wants to give you to describe you? Do you know? Or are you longing to hear them?
God still seeks those whose heart is completely His.
Scripture tells us, 'The eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His” (2 Chron. 16:9, NASB).
He’s already in your corner and no matter how scary this search for identity might seem he’s already in it.
Here are a few reasons why Identity matters:
1. We can’t or won’t step into the fullness of all that God has for us if we are not confident in our identity.
2. We will miss opportunities to be used by God and to impact the world around us.
3. He has designed a race that only you can run. If we don't get to the bottom of our identity issues we will never get on the track to walk out our destiny – the one that God planned for us.
4. HE WANTS TO USE YOU. There are lives HE wants to touch only through YOU. Imagine that for a minute. What faces are flashing in front of you?
5. God’s power is in us but if we don’t wrestle through our identity issues it’s like a half-charged battery – adequate but it could do so much more.
6. A life of regret. I don’t know about you but when I get to go home and see Jesus face to face I don’t want to be carrying any regret of the things I could have done, or of being the person I could have been.
Let's get serious about the business of setting ourselves free to become the man or woman of God that he planned for us to be.
What is stopping you?