What makes a person who they are? What is their identity? What makes them unique from everyone else? What is your identity? What is my identity? In America we have this thing called Social Security. This is our ID, the way that the government identifies us. This is what identity is: “the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.” With that in mind, I recently woke up with this phrase in my mind:
There was a time in my life where I found my self worth in what others thought of me. I based my decisions completely on others’ reactions. Everything from the way I dressed to the posts I made on Facebook. At the end of the day, I ended up stressing over how to get more ‘likes’ I got on a status rather than talking to God. I wish I could say that I found this out quickly, but sadly this lasted for about 4 years. Now, don’t get me wrong, I had lots a friends, I had lots of activity on Facebook, I had text message blowing up my phone. The Problem? The friends I had weren’t influencing me in the right ways. Because I found my identity in these places, I was left empty at the end of the day. My identity was false, I was a fake, I was a sham.
As I began to read the Bible more and more, I found that the people who were ‘big’ leaders, the ones that God used in mighty ways, those that received recognition all have something in common. They are not themselves…they are merely bodies that have been surrendered to God. One person I love, is Moses. You see, he had a speaking problem, he was disliked by his own people, and he wasn’t confident in his own abilities! God told Moses to lay all that aside and to trust that He had his back. When Moses finally grasped this idea he was unstoppable! BUT it wasn’t anything that he did, it was what God did through him.
So who do you find your identity in?