by Judd Nelson
This question is so simple, yet so hard to explain. It has been studied for years, and caused some of the most famous and educated people to walk away stumped. In today’s culture the answer might look different depending on how it’s asked. You see, not only do we have an identity in relation to our families, but we also hold a different one when it comes to our friends, to our church, to our school, to sports teams, to our social media profiles…the list goes on and on. Often times we change who we are to fit into the setting we are in, and before long “trying to fit in” leads us to lose sight of who we truly are and who we are meant to become.
The good news is that in a world that daily bombards us with who we aren’t by what we don’t have, there is a trustworthy unchanging place to go that tells us who we are because of who God is…the Bible. God gave the Bible to us not only as a way to get to know who He is, but also to find out our identity as His children. In its pages sits the keys to unlocking the truth about who we are in His eyes that allows us the courage to live out the purpose He chose us for.
When we allow ourselves to accept truth that nothing we’ve done can take away God’s love, forgiveness, and acceptance from us we will be freed from finding our value in what people say about us or the things we have. We then no longer need to change who we are to fit into the environment we are in, but rather the environment we are in changes because of who we are. In a day and age where people of this world are desperately seeking to find their identity and purpose, we who are more than conquerors and have been called to let our lights shine, have the ability to impact their future by finding and living our own. So let me ask…who are you?