Have you ever seen an elementary school’s lost and found?
It is quite a sight, especially after the winter months. Piles of jackets, shirts, glasses, and other odds and ins. These items have been forgotten about multiple times. Even when you announce to the whole school to make sure and check through it and see if anything belongs to them, though it dwindles some, more piles on. “How is this no one’s jacket?” It is truly a mystery in elementary school.
Will anyone claim these items? They do belong to someone, but they have been piled up, forgotten, and hidden. They will probably stay there until someone throws them away or takes them to a thrift store.
My identity was once a pile of lost and found. A pile of people’s things they threw on me, and I caught each time. I took each piece to heart. Though it was thrown about carelessly, and often not meant to be left there long, it lingered all the more.
I began to really look through all of the things laid on me. Why were they there? I didn’t want them there. I didn’t put them there. I did, however, allow them to remain there.
This world, friends, will label you and place expectations on you and demand of you and plaster false identities all over your heart until you realize you don’t even know who you are anymore.
What I learned next was life changing for me.
I began to realize that though I believed a lot about God, I didn’t really believe all of the things that God said was true about me. I believed them about my sister, my neighbor, and my friend, but I didn’t believe them about me.
THIS, dear friends, this was the issue. I had NOTHING to stand on. I had no rock. I had no defenses, so I let everything in. I had an identity of “miscellaneous.”
Have you been there before? Feeling like a big pile of “miscellaneous”? Feeling like you’ve been tossed around by others? Though others definitely have an effect on us, we have to take responsibility for what is piled on us. They are not going to come pick it up. They may not even know it is there.
The fact is, our identity is not “miscellaneous.” Our identity is clear, purposeful, light, and beautiful. It won’t be handed to us though. Miscellaneous will be handed to us. Our identity in Christ has to be desired and sought out. It is there in the Scriptures. It has to be found by you.
Ready to throw all that junk away? It’s been there for forever!
Ready to stand in the light of Christ in freedom? THAT’s the forever I want!
(That kind of sounded like an infomercial. LOL…sorry guys, but I’m leaving it.)
Ever since my realization, I began this wondrous journey of seeking Christ and in turn, seeking who I am BECAUSE of Christ.
Though every single day I am learning more about my identity in Christ and even experiencing shifts in my beliefs about my identity, there are some things I have learned thus far from seeking my identity in Christ.
- When you are finding your identity, it will take time. It doesn’t happen in a few days or months. It didn’t in me at least. It has taken me years to shake off all that was thrown at me. Though I did have great moments of clarity, I didn’t get a firm grip of my identity in Christ until years after studying
- When you are finding your identity, it will take prayer. Praying to our Father who gives us our identity helps us find our identity. Makes total sense, right?
- When you are finding your identity, it will take studying. The Bible is FULL of promises from God about our identity, and I continue to find them over and over again.
- When you are finding your identity, it will take FIGHTING. Satan doesn’t like you finding your identity, and he sure will come after your weak spots. Fight back with Scripture and what you have learned to be true about yourself.
- When you are finding your identity, it will take daily surrender. Those false identities were my default setting. They were my comfort zone. It takes a daily acknowledgement of who God is to let go of those things so that he can work in my life and my heart.
–>Let’s shake off all that has been put on us, and let’s put on Christ. Every day, y’all. Praise God who has brought us out of darkness, into his MARVELOUS light!
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9