In my life, I've had many identity labels: daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, enemy, group exercise teacher, fitness freak, Pastor’s wife and many more. But the one identity I choose to hold closest to my heart is daughter of the King--King Jesus.
All through life people will associate you with a label or an identity. We know how brutal people can be to one another. Honestly, Christians can spew more venom towards each other than the world ever could. More often, though, you label yourself. In your mind, you see yourself the way you think people see you, and you start thinking God sees you that way too. You start replaying over and over in your mind how you see yourself until it actually starts to manifest. Many times, this identity is negative. Maybe people associate your identity with something in your past. Maybe it's your job. The devil would like nothing more than for you to forget who you are in Christ. He wants you to forget the price Jesus paid for you on the cross and only look at who you think you've become in the life.
While I am thankful for most of my labels, the one I hold closest to my heart is being a child of God. There is nothing wrong with wife, mom or even fitness freak but there is no power in those labels. There is no security in those things. They're all based on human conditions. The true power in life comes when you finally see who you are in Christ and understand the great price He paid just for you. Put your trust in Him not in the hats you wear. Those all involve people.
People will let you down. I will let you down. The only One who has unfailing love is Jesus.
It's taken me a long time to put my identities in the right order. In some ways, it's freeing to realize all things fail and are seasonal except One.
Take time today to think about what your identities are or how you've been labeled by other people or yourself. And remember you are a child of God. All the scriptures below apply to you no matter how you feel about yourself. God's word is true and unfailing.
I am a new creation in Him!
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
I am righteous and holy.
“And to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24
I am saved by grace as a gift, not by my performance.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” Ephesians 2:8
I am a victor.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37