I’m noticing more and more believers having to fight for their identities in almost every capacity. I don’t just mean what we believe (a whole different topic we can dig into later). What I mean is, we live by so many personal truths. We lack discernment and refuse wisdom. It’s not good enough for us anymore. We want to be happy and pleased by our own standards that vary. We’re afraid of spiritual depth. We’re defensive, and we fail to realize how our pride and selfishness get in the way of winning the world, their mentalities, and their souls. We’re uninterested in guidance and submission. I don’t mean from a moral standpoint. The need for validation is at an all-time high. Why is it we’re struggling specifically in the area of worth, identity and value? The deepest parts of our souls long to be filled because of its many voids. I’m talking about Christ-professing, Bible-believing Christians. Why does our struggle look significantly similar to the way worldly people struggle, as defined according to Scriptures? Why is it that we are more carnal than spiritual; Moved by feelings both in our efforts towards others and God? We’re enablers; Meaning we’re supportive of things that are not blatantly sinful/evil, yet not intentionally Godly that would cultivate righteousness. Why are we struggling so specifically with this?
I presented all these concerns during my prayer time with God. I just couldn’t wrap my mind around what the hang up is with those of us who follow Jesus yet struggle so sincerely as if there is no hope. It seems as if we as a church body are not as potent and effective for building each other up, much less for the world, as originally designed and intended by God.
Could it be that we just don’t know, and are clueless about who we really are?
Journey with me in this post back to the book of Genesis, where it all begins. Why Genesis? For starters, we need to know God’s plan for man from the beginning because it has taken lots of detours, and we seem to have gotten lost on one of those paths. It always helps to go back to the root and source of how we are designed, and we are to read everything that comes after in light of what we read in the beginning. Our identities are connected to our knowing. In order for us to be confident about our value and worth, we have to know (be enlightened and have a revelation of) of our identities, and we have to grasp this to the core (in our innermost being). We have to be aware intimately of who we really are.
How we were originally created:
God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. [Ps. 104:30; Heb. 1:2; 11:3.] So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27, AMPC)
Mankind wasn’t just made in the image of God, but we were also made LIKE God. To carry to personality and characteristics of God. If you keep reading, you’ll read that sin distorted the image (us, humankind), and after Jesus’ sacrificial obedience, all those who receive His finished work as their pardon would be re-created:
“Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices, and have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it.” (Colossians 3:9-10, AMPC)
…back into the likeness of God. So, how can we regain confidence about our value and identities? How can we progress towards knowing without a shadow of doubt Who we belong to?
Know God. There are so many ways the Bible describes God to us, but for the sake of this post, we’ll focus on Genesis 1:27. The first part of this verse defines God as 3-in-1; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then it confirms that He is our Creator. Both confirm God’s Sovereignty and existence, as well as His ability. It also confirms the root of our existence as it relates to the perfect plan of God, designed at the beginning of time. Knowing this is key! Anything that says otherwise is not the truth according to Scriptures. God’s truth is a solid foundation on which we can and must build everything else about ourselves.
Know who we were made to be. The rest of Genesis 1:27 confirms the truth about the purpose of our existence and God’s motivation for creating us as He did. Not only did God create us, but He did so strategically; In His image and likeness. We were made to be image bearers, and carry the traits and characteristics of God from the beginning of time. If you aren’t ever sure who you were really made to be in God, and if you find your faith being shaken about your identity, this is the truth you should always run towards! This truth cancels any doubts about God’s intentions for you from the beginning of time, and it establishes the foundation of identity and existence. It continues on to establish our purpose behind God designing us so strategically. We were made to have complete authority over all of the earth, and everything that creeds in the earth. Everything we put our hands to should be done with this in mind!
Know who God is in us, and who we are in God. If there is anything we know about this walk of faith is that it brings light to our limitations as humans. Going back to Colossians 3:9-10, we can be sure that although we exist in this life and dimension with human limitations, we have been given a way to accomplish what we were purposed for by the Spirit of God. What God does for us is, when we come into a knowledge of Him, He strips off our unregenerate self, and we become new (regenerated spiritually) in God. God remolds us when we come into. Knowledge of who were originally created to be.
When we profess to believe in Jesus, and we find ourselves entertaining things and thoughts that are not like God, we know we are not living according to our true identities. I challenge you to challenge your own thoughts that don’t reflect who you’re really created to be. Don’t accept what you feel and see when it does not agree with God, and how He created you to be…and don’t be by yourself in this journey to freedom. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you and guide you back into God’s truth. He is more capable than you or I will ever be, and in us, He will empower us to remain full of faith, especially when fear and doubt rises that try to challenge our true identities.