Child of God

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.

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He Remains

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for God has said: “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.

Hebrews 13:5 (BSB)

Have you wondered how this verse connects? What does contentment have to do with God’s continual presence?

Quiet simply, we can be content because we have the greatest thing: God’s faithfulness. His presence, His love, and a relationship with Him. We can come to Him at anytime, with anything. Our faith shouldn’t be in the things of this world—in money and material possessions (Luke 12:15). These things will not fulfill us. They will not stand at the end of time (1 John 2:17).

God is our steady foundation. He is the Rock of Ages who never falters, no matter how the waves ebb and flow. He is the friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). He who speaks, then fulfills. Circumstances change, you change, and society changes. But God remains ever the same. His Word stands strong. His faithfulness is unmatched.

The cord of Heaven is bound to you—your heart to His—and no one can severe it. You may think, “Oh, but I wander and sin often. My life is as stormy as ever. How can I believe that God is still with me? Everyone else has left. Why wouldn’t He do the same?”

Oh, dear one. God’s character does not depend on your nature. His promises remain: through life, death, and eternity. His love and faithfulness rest not on your feelings, acts, “worthiness,” nor the ups and downs of life. His character is not upset by your shortcomings!

To you, the Savior promises, “I will keep you (Philippians 1:6). I will not fail you. Everyone has abandoned you. But fear not, for I AM not everyone else. I AM THE LORD, who will never abandon you.”

If God says, “I will always be with you, even to end of the age” (Matthew 28:20), then know it is true. You may wander, but He remains. In fact, He is calling you back to His side. He will not abandon the work of His hands. He will not abandon you.

Won’t you answer His call? Won’t you return to your faithful Lord? He loves you. He will never forsake you.

Your Worth Is Not a Number

That selfie you posted only got a few likes. It made you feel unloved, unseen. Worthless.

You stepped on that scale again. You stared, disheartened by what you saw. You’ve been sweating, crying, working so hard. You feel ugly.

Your followers on that site haven’t grazed ten. Your blog—well, its gone unnoticed. You believe there’s no point in opening your mouth. There’s no point in typing that message.

How wrong that is, my friend.

Your worth is not a number.

It’s not determined by likes, followers, or people.

God made you in His image (Genesis 1:27). Yes, sin—as black as night—mars us all. But God wishes to wash you white as snow (Isaiah 1:18). Jesus saw your sin, and still chose to die for you. He looked it square in the face (He looked the devil in the eyes) as He bore the punishment you deserved. He, an innocent man, defeated your every enemy on the cross.

Your worth is in God.

He made you. Like the oceans and trees. The sunset and the breeze. Yet, He made you even more uniquely than these. He made you with purpose (Ephesians 2:10). He made you with thoughts and gifts, a heart and a mind.

He wishes to save you, and call you His very own child. Despite everything, He looks on you with loving compassion. He wants to blot out your sin, and clothe you in His own righteousness. (What a trade: our sin for His righteousness!)

You don’t have to search anymore: for love, or approval. “Who could love me?” Well, Jesus (the Lord and Savior) does, and He’s not far from any one of us (Acts 17:27-28).

Call on Him.

Numbers aren’t your identity.

Neither is failure, nor rejection.

May this be your identity:
Child of God;
Dearly beloved;
Fearfully and wonderfully made.

Chin up, and wear it well.

You are loved.

Let your boast be in Christ alone.

Recommended reading: Psalm 139