It’s easy for us to define ourselves based on what we do. What we study in college, our job and our role in society are what we see as defining factors that make us who we are. The saying “You are what you do” is pretty popular. I have yet to find a scripture in the Bible that confirms that statement. According to God, we are who we are and who we are is children of God. Our identity should be found in Him and not in what we do.
What we do is or should be a result of who we are. As children of God, we have the spiritual makeup of an overcomer that finds meaning in the Cross. Salvation is our inheritance and communion with the Lord should be a characteristic of our daily lives. Yet we have identity issues and vacillate between who the world says we are and who God says we are. As this new week is starting, I want to remind you that you are indeed who God says you are and you will make it through this week triumphantly.
1. Our true identity
I wish we could carry a reminder that would show us who we are in God’s eyes. I wish we had some sort of I.D that would bear witness to who we are. We have to get a clearer picture of who we are and keep that imagine alive in our mind and in our heart. The mind is where most of the battle happens and it is where we need to keep reminders of our true identity. As children of God, we have the right to enjoy eternal life and salvation. Salvation has already started. It is not reserved for when we go home to be with the Lord. The Kingdom is here and we should take it by force, by the force of our confession. Jesus is our Savior, God the Father is our dad and the Holy Spirit is our counselor. That’s exactly what our spiritual I.D reads and we should proclaim it every day.
2. Making it through the day with the God who is more than enough
Today is going to be an awesome day. This week is going to an an awesome week. Why? Because Jesus promised that He won’t leave your side. He didn’t promise that everything will be as smooth as butter (more like crunchy peanut butter) but He promised that He will get you out of any difficulty that might come your way. Your job is to stick to your true identity and to remain in faith knowing that the Lord won’t abandon you and He won’t desert you. He is right there when you are laughing and He is right there when you have tears in your eyes. He will wipe away the tears and put a spring back in your step . He is more than enough. He can provide for any and all situations!
3. Make the most of this week as a child of God
My advice is that you make the most of every moment of this week. Keep the joy and stay in peace. Spread the love and give generously. Stay in the Lord. Seek His face. Spend time with Him and talk to Him. Maximize this week by embracing what the Lord has to offer. Stay grateful and praise away. You are going to make it through this week beautifully. As you keep your eyes on Jesus, you will see what a great week you are having despite the daily headaches. Remember that God is for you. Remember who you are in Him. Who you are is what defines you, not what you do! Stay encouraged!
Suggested reading: John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:6