Your identity is not in doing, but being.
Let me rephrase that. It is wonderful that you desire to love, obey, and serve Christ. But don’t get so caught up in your striving that you lose sight of who you are or Whom you are living for in the first place.
We don’t serve Christ to gain His love and approval, for these are gifts He has freely given to us. We obey Him because we love Him!
Still, we assign value to those who do certain things. Those who go to work, go to school, go to church. If we want acceptance, we must be a “valuable member of society.” If we aren’t doing enough, we feel useless.
Yet, I want to reiterate: your value isn’t in what you do; it’s in who you are. So, who are you?
Your identity is in Christ. The Almighty, through whom everything was made (John 1:3). The God who came and died to take away your sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). This God made you in His image (Genesis 1:27).
You are His child, and He looks on you with loving care and approval (1 John 3:1).
That’s your identity. That is where your value lies, and that is not something that can be shaken. You don’t have to labor to prove yourself valuable to anyone, nor “make a name for yourself.”
You already have a name engraved on the palms of His hands, as enduring as the holes from the nails that held Him to that cross:
“My child” (Isaiah 49:16).
That is your identity, so get those burdens you were never meant to carry off your shoulders.
You are His, and He is yours.
Rest in that.