Picking my kids up from school I get to hear the many things that go on in their day to day studies. One day as they piled into the car they started with the “So in so did this and so in so said and so in so called me this.” With a name like Cissy, I couldn’t tell them sticks and stones rhyme we learned in school isn’t true because words do hurt so I told them “It doesn’t matter what so n’ so says because it isn’t true…your identity isn’t in them, but in Christ and he thinks you are amazing and so do I…you are somebody amazing to Him!”
The conversation ended as they began to discuss their homework assignments, but my mind lingered on that subject and made me think of the many times I have had to head up to my restaurant to make sure everything was cleaned properly and things were done to my satisfaction before we opened the next day. The on going joke in the kitchen when they write their prep lists is to write something that doesn’t have anything to do with work, but life. For exampe the famous one that I usually see written down looks like this:
1) Dice toms
2) Slice Meats
3)Check salad bin………
10) Be Somebody
It is a simple sentence but it speaks volumes. We all want to be somebody, mean something to this world or someone. I visited a time in my past when I took my eyes off the One whose identity I was already in and began to want to “be somebody” I actually forgot who “that somebody” was. In other words, I lost my identity in trying to be somebody I wasn’t. I opened a door for the enemy to distort who God thought I was, who my husband thought I was, and worse who I thought I was. It was as if I had put on a different pair of glasses and I was seeing myself, not how God or my husband saw me, but through how the world expected me to be and I desparately wanted to “be somebody” in this world. I had forgotten one golden truth…as a believer, my identity isn’t OF this world, but IN Christ! I didn’t have to BE somebody to this world. If my identity was found IN Christ then it wouldn’t matter what this world thought of me!
When we start down that crooked path of losing our identity we try to fit in anywhere we can and that usually leads to a very dark road because we try to find our self worth in this world. Just take a look around at the celebrities trying to find their self worth in this world and you will get a pretty good picture of lives lost, just yearning to be accepted, loved, and wanted. The Word of God says in Galatians 3:26-27 “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” It also says in John 1:12-13 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” When you really grasp just those two scriptures along with numerous others that speak about our identity in Christ those glasses start to crack and eventually your vision of who you are in this world doesn’t mean a thing. Your title, your status, who is better than you, what so n’ so said about you, begins to lose your attention and what gains your attention is the understanding that you are a child of the Most High God! You realize that you are an heir of an everlasting kingdom, an everlasting love and peace that nothing this world can compare.
I want to encourage you today if you are being bombarded with feelings that tell you “You are not worthy” or you are seeing yourself less than how God sees you to first take a moment and listen to the songs posted on this blog entry, then seek and ask God to help you to start seeing your worth through His eyes and not through anyone else’s…believe me, you are worth way more than you could ever imagine!! Once you realize you are a highly esteemed child of God because your Daddy is the King of Kings your self worth in this world no longer is an issue because you know if your Daddy sent His only Son to die for you, you must be pretty darn important!