Javert and Jean Valjean asked themselves the same question in Les Miserables. It’s a universal question to ask the man in the mirror: “What defines me?” People can look to other people to “find themselves”: when in the company of “important” people, when more people of the opposite gender are attracted to them, when the sum total of the cost of things adorning one’s body goes up, or when human approval or rating goes up. People can find their identity in beauty, brains, talents, medals, number of likes on Facebook, etc. But while these things are blessings to be grateful for, they are all passing. When something is from humans, it is arbitrary, changing, and fleeting. Sometimes, finding identity and significance in human approval can even be a snare because it encourages those things that cause death to the soul. Very subtly perhaps, in keeping with traditional enemy scheme, but it leads to the path of destruction nonetheless. Pursuit of these things is an exercise in futility, like a chasing after the wind, as Solomon might put it. It can be a blind enslavement to something that will not satisfy the deepest longings of the soul that only God can perfectly fill. The famous or rich people who have taken their own lives demonstrate that in the end, reaching unchartered heights of pursued goals and dreams do not completely satisfy.
It is good to find one’s identity in the almighty God who does not change nor lie. Nothing due to what we have done or are but everything to do with who Jesus is and what He has done for us, according to God’s Word, we are:
*Precious, loved, and honored in His sight (Isa 43:4)
*His children (John 1:12)
*Created in His image and likeness (Gen 1:27)
*His workmanship (Eph 2:10)
*A new creation in Jesus Christ (2Cor 5:17)
*More than conquerors (Rom 8:37)
*Ambassadors for Christ (2Cor 5:20)
*The Aroma of Christ (2Cor 2:15)
*His witnesses (Acts 1:8)
*Temples of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6:19)
Who? Me? It may not feel like it. It may not look like it. But what God says is greater than our feelings and changing circumstances. If that’s what God says, then so it is.
Dear Lord, please help me to see myself the way that You see me. You are already in the process of transforming me, by the power of Your Spirit, to be the person You created in Your own image. Help me to live a life worthy of the calling You have given me. Please cleanse me of my wrong attitudes and thoughts and create in me a pure heart so I can see You and what You are doing that I may walk in step with You. May I not fight You in this. May Your character manifest in my actions and words. Especially words. May You shine through me for Your name’s sake in Jesus’s name amen