I am a serial personality test taker. If there is a test that tells me who I am, what I should do, and how I can get there, I take it. I have always wanted to know who I am and how that applies purpose to my life. As it turns out, I was defined – both in my mind and in the minds of others – by the details of my life lived, including how I was raised, the decisions I made, and what others said about me.
What defined the old me? My shy nature, an inclination toward rebellion, insecurity, a lack of self confidence, an unplanned pregnancy out of wedlock, wanting to be anyone but me. All really dark things. This is the baggage I carried into a relationship with Jesus. The good news? He took my baggage and showed me who I really am. In my journey with Jesus, I have been redefined. I have a new identity!
God says, I am created in His image (Genesis 1:27). God knew me before I was born (Jeremiah 1:4-5). He predestined me before time began (1 Corinthians 2:7). He knitted me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). He has chosen and appointed me for a time such as this (Esther 4:14). He clothed me with strength and dignity (Proverbs 31:25). God created each of us with his own hands. He gave us purpose and instilled in us the confidence to carry it out with Him as our guide. This looks very different from how I have been defined by myself and others.
Knowing my identity in Christ changed how I view myself and how I view others. The beauty of Christianity is that we are all valuable to God, even people who do not believe in Christ. I believe the reason bad things happen in our lives and the lives around us is because our primary thoughts about ourselves are: I am not accepted, I am insecure, and I am insignificant. The truth is: YOU ARE ACCEPTED…YOU ARE SECURE…YOU ARE SIGNIFICANT.
Humanity was created for purpose and significance. Each and every life is precious to God.
My counselor gave me a beautiful document that I still cherish today. It is entitled: In Christ I Am. It is a list of scriptures that tell me that I am accepted, I am secure, and I am significant. The proof is all in the Word of God. The list is not exhaustive but it is a good start. Search the scriptures for yourself, you will see that we are created by a God who designed us with love…for love. Receive it in prayers of thanksgiving that you are God’s child, accepted, secure and significant.
You have a new identity!
I am accepted:
I am God’s child (John 1:12)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am united with the Lord and one with him in spirit (1 Cor. 6:17)
I have been bought with a price and belong to God (1 Cor. 6:19, 20)
I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:27)
I am a saint (Eph 1:1)
I have been adopted as God’s child (Eph 1:5)
I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph 2:18)
I have been redeemed and forgiven of all my sins (Col 1:14)
I am complete in Christ (Col 2:10)
I am secure:
I am free forever from condemnation (Romans 8:1,2)
I am assured that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28)
I am free from any condemning charges against me
I cannot be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39)
I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God (2 Cor. 1:21,22)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3)
I am confident that the good work God has begun in me will be perfected (Phil 1:6)
I am a citizen of heaven (Phil 3:20)
I have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7)
I can find grace and mercy in time of need (Heb 4:16)
I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me (1 John 5:18)
I am significant:
I am the salt and the light of the earth (Matt 5:13, 14)
I am a branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15:1,5)
I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)
I am a personal witness of Christ’s (Acts 1:8)
I am God’s temple (1 Cor. 3:16)
I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
I am God’s co-worker (2 Cor 6:1)
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realm (Eph 2:6)
I am God’s workmanship (Eph 2:10)
I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph 3:12)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13)