There are all sorts of ways to identify ourselves. We have account numbers, passwords and pin numbers that are specific to us for insurance, medical, school and financial purposes. We have personality flaws or quirks that sometimes pigeonhole us into certain categories. In nearly every situation we are labeled or categorized with regards to our looks or our character traits: short – tall, thin – fat, ugly – pretty, Christian – Atheist, honest – liar, fearful – risk taker, etc. etc. etc.
On one hand — we have people bent on stealing our identity for our financial ruin; and on the other hand we have those that either love us or reject us based on exteriors. Is it any wonder so many of us find ourselves in the midst of an identity crisis? We’re surrounded by so many negatives that these destructive mindsets cling to us the same way a well-placed “Hello, My Name Is:” name tag does–but that is not what God wants for us.
We introduce people as “work friends, school friends” or “church friends.” Labels and categories seem to be second nature to most of us. I had a friend many years ago that I referred to as “my whiny friend” because all she ever did was complain. I’m as guilty as anyone.
Sometimes when I find myself in a mood, I wonder if that’s how God sees me – as that series of traits, numbers or attributes. What if God only sees me based on all of the sins I’ve committed over the course of my life? Does He look at me and see me the way I see myself? Maybe He merely puts me in box marked, “Broken” or “Sinner.”
That is NOT how God sees us.
We are not what we weigh. We are not our age. We are not our income earning potential or lack thereof. We are not our social security number or highest grade completed. We are not our addictions. We are not our failures. We are not our sin.
Second Corinthians 5:21 tells us, God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. He sees us as righteous.
Psalm 139 confirms that we are not just another number or another faceless human to our Lord: I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! (Verses 14-17)
God knows our name. He knows our thoughts and He loves us. The enemy wants nothing more than to steal our identity as the beloved sons and daughters of the Most High God. His job is to confuse us regarding who we are in Christ so we will wander through life confused, broken, ashamed and lost. If we hope to protect ourselves against this spiritual identity thief we must know who we are in Christ. We are righteous! We are forgiven! We are loved!
Blessings in Christ and as always … happy reading!