“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
That Bible verse is such a beautiful promise of what the Lord desires for us in our life. Yet we are told by society that our identity is from how we look, our status in: relationships, career and class and our bank accounts. We change ourselves to fit that unrealistic ideal by taking drastic measures to lose weight, getting cosmetic procedures, working ourselves ragged or accumulating more possessions. I am not shaming anyone who has done this, we all have done something to fit in. Temporarily, it provides a fix. We get noticed for looking better which makes our self esteem soar. We get noticed by our work and receive recognition. We meet someone and fall in love, they complete us. (Let us roll our eyes together.)
Then the same insecurities come raging back. There will always be someone or something telling us we are not enough (thank you marketing/advertisers or just haters). Nothing permanently changes.
We have to accept the only thing to save our identity from being constantly assaulted is through Jesus. This is not easy. It is painful and it takes so much work. Once we know who we are in Christ, we can navigate through life with security that we are enough. Our identity is to be what God wants for us. We can ask Him in our prayers and He will reveal it to us as we surrender.
I do recommend reading Bible verses and saying them everyday to help you in the process. The world uses mantras, but we have His word which is true and never changes. There is a great resource on Neil T. Anderson’s, Freedom in Christ Ministries, website www.ficm.com called “Who I am in Christ”
(I am not paid by this ministry. I have used them for my own personal growth.)
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you so much that you designed me to be unique and have gifts to share in this world. I am thankful that you believe the best for me and what me to thrive. Please show me what you want me to do and be a part of in this life. Bring me people to walk in this together. Anytime the world tells me that I am not enough, remind me who I am in you. Help me to establish boundaries and to enforce them even if it offends people. In Jesus’ Mighty Name. AMEN!