Who are you?
I’m not asking for your name.
Nor am I asking what you do for a living.
Do you know who you are?
This is an essential question, because your words, feelings, and actions come out of your beliefs. Who you believe you are affects everything.
Your behavior doesn’t determine your identity.
Your mistakes, failures, and pain don’t determine who you are.
Your victories, financial status, and health aren’t part of your identity.
These labels are forms of identification. They are the names you mentally or verbally call yourself. They are the sticky tags on your shirt that you use to the world about you, and they can be positive or negative. However, when you accept a negative label as truth, your label can restrict you from growing to your fullest potential. They do not honor the person you can be.
The world wants us to accept the labels listed above as the truth of who we are. When we do, we find that we are never good enough, thin enough, smart enough, rich enough, strong enough, beautiful enough…You get the picture.
There’s a better label available—your true identifier. The Bible tells you:
“ But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” John 1:12-13 (NLT)
You’ve been adopted. You’re a child of the King of Kings!
Is this just head knowledge or do you really believe it’s true? What you believe to be true is what is essential.
Let this sink in for a few minutes.
So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture…None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us. Romans 8:31-39 (MSG)
Who are you?
Have your accepted God as your Savior and believe in him?
If so, that makes you His child.
You are the child of the King of Kings!
Best adoption ever!