We are created in the image of God with unique gifts that connect us to the body of Christ and allow us diversity. Through God’s very essence, you were created in love. God knew everything about you even before you were born. In Psalm 139:13-16 David says,” For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 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.”
The whole focus of this blog is on identity — discovering God’s perspective on who we really are (and are not) and learning to live authentically out of that identity. This blog isn’t about unhealthy, self-absorbed introspection. Rather it’s about one critical piece of Jesus’ greatest commandment to “love the Lord your God” and to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:30-31). “As [you love] yourself.” No matter how hard we try, we cannot grow in loving God or loving others unless we are also growing in loving ourselves. Of course the journey of knowing, accepting, and loving yourself as you truly are in Christ will take every day of your life for the rest of your life. But there are some important signs, experiences, and decision points along the way that you don’t want to miss.
You’ve probably been on the “Who am I?” journey for quite a while. Your current sense of identity is most likely a mixture of some truths and some half-truths and a few lies, of dreams and disillusionments, of wonders and wounds. So how can you sort out who you really are, much less grow to really accept and love who you are? The Bible describes our identity as something imparted to us by our Creator — not something we patch together for ourselves. It combines our one-of-a-kind distinctiveness with characteristics of God’s image embedded in all humans — because all humans are created in His image. There is a vital connection between God’s true identity and our true identity as human persons.
If we want to find out what’s true and good about us, we begin by discovering what’s true and good about God and how He originally made us. Any honest discussion of what’s good about us has to acknowledge what’s also really bad about us, and all humanity. You’ll find that embedded in every chapter, too. But ultimately we hope these studies will release you to love yourself and live out of who God says you are as you experience God’s redemption — so that you can better experience loving God and others.
Many people are obsessed with the approval of others. The problem is that living for what people think of you is the quickest way to forget what God thinks about you. You don’t have to get caught up in your self-worth or lack thereof. Your worth is not based on your opinion of yourself. You are valuable because God says you are His. You are not your past. You are not what you did. You are not who others say you are. You are who Christ says you are.
You are that unique person who is fearfully and wonderfully made. God created you with special gifts and talents to share with the world in order to glorify Him, the Creator of the Universe. You are one of a kind; no one else will ever be just like you. In Ephesians 2:10 the apostle Paul tells us, “We are God’s masterpiece created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Do you know what that means? You are the cream of the crop, His crown jewel, His treasure, His beautiful butterfly, his Magnum Opus-His greatest piece of art.
Like the butterfly we are to Live, Grow, Change and be set Free to become the person God created us to be.
You are God’s masterpiece! Honor who God has made you!
The word of God says:
God’s child for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Word of God which liveth and abideth forever. 1Peter 1:23
The salt of the earth………………………………..Matthew 5:13
Qualified to share in his inheritance………….Col. 1:12
Complete in Him…………………………………….Col. 2:10
Crucified with Christ……………………………….Gal 2:20
His faithful follower………………………………..Rev. 17:14b
An ambassador for Christ…………………………IICor5:20
The first fruits among His creation…………….James 1:18
The apple of my Father’s eye…………………….Deut. 32:10, Psalm 17:8
Being changed into His image…………………..IICor3:18