Our God-Given Identity
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.1 Peter 2:9
We need our identity from God so we can minister to the world without a defensive attitude. There is no identity on the face of the earth that compares to the divine identity that God gives us. No one can challenge our God-given identity because it comes from God and we know who we are in Christ. No matter how we are treated by the world, our God-given identity remains strong, even during times of persecution.
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. (Romans 8:16-17) We are God’s children which means we are in his family and God is our perfect Father. We are his special possession, spiritually, we live in his family — the Kingdom, and our eternal life has already started. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.(John 10:28) We are secure in God’s eternal family, he protects from the evil one, and, no one can pull us away from God. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
We are in God’s eternal family, protected by our Father, and we have our self-worth in Christ. We have the most prestigious job on the planet because we serve the creator of all things. His Spirit is in us and Christ guides us with his love, power, and wisdom. We are ambassadors for Christ in this world. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
With our identity and self-worth coming from God, and with Christ always with us, guiding us through the Holy Spirit, it humbles us. But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (James 4:6) We are humble because our identity and self-worth comes from God and not from us. The more we serve the Lord and the more we depend on him, the more humble and secure in Christ we become. Being humble helps us to overcome sin because sin points us toward pride.
Today, know your God given identity and the love he has for you. Live confidently with your high self-worth from God and know you can endure anything that happens on this earth through the love and power of God. Remember, Heaven is your home.
Prayer: Lord thank you for my identity. Guide me in the Spirit to know my self-worth comes from you, that I may be secure in Christ and walk boldly in this world proclaiming Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen