EMBRACING OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST
Knowing who we are in Christ Jesus is very important for us as believers. In a world of diversity, we need to know our true identity in our Lord Jesus. Social media is repleted with so many messages that affect our minds on how society should accept us. As a result, we try to compromise and reject who we truly are. We try to be somebody that we are not, which only leads to disappointments and rejections. We have to remind ourselves that God created us with a purpose. We did not have a choice of what we would be before we were born. God created us just the way He wanted. The color of our skin, the shape of our faces, the language that we speak, the country/tribe that we are born in, and our family's socio-economic status are all designed by God. God created us all equal. Psalm 139:13-14 says, "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." We may not look like the person next to us, or we may not have the same thing that the others have, but our God loves and accepts us. We do not need to be somebody to be accepted by God. We can go to Him just as we are.
I had a Christian black American friend who used to struggle with the color of her skin. She realized that many people judge her based on the color of her skin. Even in a Christian environment, she sometimes felt not accepted. However, as she embraced who she was in Christ Jesus, it brought confidence and peace in her life. The most important for her was that God loved her and that God would accomplish His purpose in her life.
We need to embrace who we are in Christ Jesus, and not what people think about us. We do not need to be somebody that the world tells us what we ought to be, but we need to be the people that God wants us to be. If we're going to live with confidence and freedom, we need to accept who we are in Christ Jesus.
Ask yourself these questions: Why is it important for me to embrace who I am in Christ Jesus? As a Christian, how should I live my life in this highly diversified world? What does God think of me?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you that you created me with love and purpose. Please help me not to listen to the lies of this world. Help me to see myself just the way you want me to see myself. Please help me to embrace who I am in you. Please help me now with (mention your prayer requests). In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.