There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. [Galatians 3:28-29]
People love to divide things up. I’m sure you’ve noticed that at this point in your life. You are categorized by your age, gender, race, social class, GPA, talents, personality, Enneagram number… the list can go on and on. If you’re not careful, you can begin to let those things define who you are. What we read from Paul here however is that there is a major difference in the way we see ourselves and the way God sees us.
Whenever you have a wrong view of yourself and others you are going to be naturally inclined to compare yourself. There are two pitfalls whenever you compare yourself. The first pitfall is you come out thinking you are better than someone, producing pride. The second pitfall is you come out thinking you are less than someone else, producing a lower image of yourself than God intended. Either way, you aren’t walking in the identity that God gave you. Maybe you relate to one pitfall more than the other, or maybe you float back and forth a little between the two depending on your circumstances.
The truth is that God has given you an identity beyond the labels that the world gives you. Don’t get me wrong though… some of the things you are labeled as aren’t necessarily bad, but in the kingdom of God you have an identity so much greater than that of the world. You are a son or a daughter. You are given power and authority because of that. You are an heir to the throne of heaven because of Jesus. You are royalty and have been given ownership of your life to share the goodness of God with others.
I remember growing up and even throughout college looking up to certain people in their faith a ton. A few of my small group leaders, my high school pastor, even our man Daniel Simmons. But guess what? You have access to just as much power in your life as those people that you look up to so much. You can know God as much as they do. You can experience God as much as they do.
To end, think about different ways that you have let the world tell you who you are instead of letting God speak identity into you. Write those things down.
Now go back and cross those things out. Those things aren’t the core of who you are. At the core of who you are, you are God’s.
God, help me to understand who I am in You. Any way that I put my identity in who the world tells me I am, gently remove those lies from my life. I want to be Yours more. Amen!