My eyesight isn’t what it used to be. I wear glasses for distance, but then I can’t see when I’m trying to read. I’ve been avoiding the whole bifocal thing. I’m just not ready to admit that I’ve reached that season of life.
My current solution is to wear my reading glasses over my regular glasses. When I’m at the beach, I put my sunglasses over them both. Keepin’ it classy.
My kids aren’t embarrassed to be seen with me at all.
It’s so important for us to get a clear view of God. How we view God will direct our life, define our identity, determine our values and many of the decisions we will make.
How we see God is intricately related to how we view ourselves.
If we believe God is loving, we will dwell with a security that reflects someone who is loved.
If we believe God is forgiving, we will live confidently, not cowering in shame or condemnation.
If we believe God created people with incredible worth and value, we will treat others as well as ourselves in such a way that supports the value and worth God says his children have.
This is why it is so crucial for us to grasp our identity in Christ – not at a “head” level, but at a believe-it-with-everything-you-got “heart” level.
True identity cannot be derived from our career, relationships or material things.
I used to think I could just change the landscape around me and expect my “vision” to improve – change my job, get new friends, move to a different city – surely that would fulfill me and give me a greater sense of worth. But it never did. Eventually, the same longing in my heart would bubble up to the surface.
Only God is the true source of your identity. Your identity in Christ is how God sees you and how He created you to live.
Jesus is the sure, unshakeable foundation upon whom you can build your life and find lasting worth, significance and fulfillment.
And because God created you, He is the only One who has the right to name you, give you purpose and worth.
Deriving your identity from anywhere or anyone else is identity theft – using another identity that is not your own. And living this way will negatively affect your whole life. It will affect your relationship with God, how you see yourself, how you interact with others. It will steal your confidence and destroy your self-esteem.
The worst part is that living this way will limit you to a life that is less than what God created you to live.
It’s impossible to move forward into all God has for you if you see yourself unworthy and undeserving of God’s love and goodness.
You weren’t created in the image of your job, or your career, your family or your money. You were created in the image of God.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27
Seeing yourself as God sees you will enable you to handle change, endure setbacks, deal with failure and allow you to navigate the ups and downs of life with strength and resiliency. It’s like an anchor that will tether your life – stabilizing it and strengthening it regardless of the pull of the current surrounding you.
So, get out the Windex and clean those smudges off! As for me, I may have to get a new pair of glasses. 🙂
- Read and reflect on Psalm 139. What does this Psalm say about God? What does this Psalm say about you?
- How have you seen your view of God influence your identity?
- What are some inconsistencies in what God says about you and how you see yourself?