I’ve worn many of labels throughout my life. Smart. Funny. Short. Annoying. Cripple. Writer. Actress. Minister. Boss. Know-it-all. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Leader. Follower. Some of these labels, such as “daughter” are naturally occurring based on definable positions. Some labels were given to me by others to define me based on their own interpretations (good or bad) and I even placed some labels on myself to explain my own deficiencies or to self-deprecate.
To be perfectly honest none of these titles make me feel like I am actually known. None of the labels make me feel like I’m called by my true identity. I think labels are too shallow and only touch the surface of one’s true-self. I’ve even gone as far to say “I don’t even like adjectives. I don’t need to be described. Just let me exist as myself.”
So much of the time we get so caught up in trying to figure out who we are or how we think others see us that we never really recognize what is true.
In our search, we go to every personality quiz, or as I like to call them “Christian Horoscopes.” We go to other people and seek their opinions of us. We go anywhere except the truth to find our identity. The only place we know as the source of truth is God’s word.
The only One that gets to say who we are is Christ. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
Once we know who our true identity, how do we live that out in our real lives?
As chosen, royal people we are able to walk in the confidence of knowing our Father knows us and sees us as a special possession. We need to stop doubting ourselves and begin living in the confidence that comes from the King. Our true residence is the Kingdom. As Christians we get to start living there even while living on this temporary and imperfect home.
As God’s special possession we need to be gentle with ourselves and start seeing others the same way. If you went into a castle filled with specially curated valuables that are precious to the king, you wouldn’t degrade them or throw them around like dollar store toys. He values and loves us so much that our identity should only be found in Jesus.
The best thing about knowing your true identity is that you get to share that news with others. You get to call out the truth in others. Not what people say they are but who Jesus says they are. You get to wipe the dust off the fun house mirror of this world and say “No! Look, the King chose you. This pedestal is just for you. Only you can fill the place He made for you. He is rich in mercy and doesn’t see those false and limiting labels. He left heaven to become a man, then died and rose again so that we could be with Him forever. Go and tell the others that a place reserved for them too.”
In my Father’s house are many rooms; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. John 14:2 CSB