Identity is concerned with who we are in relationship with the world, others and ourselves.
Our identity is formed by our culture, race, talents, religion, social media and so much more. Our home and family continue to shape us even when we have left them many years ago.
Identity can be based on self-assessment, such as; I am unattractive, I’m overweight, I will never achieve, I am sub-standard, I’m a loser, I’m a failure because my marriage has broken down, because I failed the 11+ (60 years ago…who remembers that?!).
It’s also formed in relationship with God, and it’s easy to forget and miss that part.
As the ‘woman with the issue of blood’ found her true identity in Christ, we must do so as well.
Ephesians 1:6 tells us ‘we are accepted in the beloved’, which means; to value, to esteem, to take pleasure in, to welcome and to love.
God’s love and acceptance is not based on how good we are, how successful we are, how clever we are or how generous we are. God’s unconditional love is so different from human love; its His very nature to love. It’s not based on feelings - He is love.
We don’t have to earn it – actually, we could never be good enough to earn it! Like the ‘woman with the issue of blood’ we just need to accept it by faith and take our place in God’s family.
We have been adopted into Gods Family; it is part of God’s redemptive plan for some children to be adopted into non-biological families.
A non-biological parent adopted Moses, Esther, Samuel and Jesus, such is the high status of adoption, and so we, as Spiritual Children are adopted into Gods family.
Let God shape us by finding our true identity.
In Jeremiah it says ‘For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’
Let’s be defined by Gods truth and not by the world’s lies.