Gather • Devotion #3: Identity

Christian, what is your identity?

An identity that comes from the world, what others may think or say about you, cannot compare to the identity you gain when you have been born again. 

If you are saved, you have been set free. John 8:36 (NIV) says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

You are chosen. Paul tells us this in 1 Thessalonians 1:4 (NIV), “For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you.”

You are a child of God. Galatians 3:26 (NIV) adds, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.”

One of my favorite songs to sing is “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship. The lyrics are incredible because it speaks the truth of our identity in Christ Jesus. I am filled with joy and hope as I declare, 

“Who the Son sets free, is free indeed.

 I’m a child of God – yes, I am!

I am chosen, not forsaken.

I am who you say I am.

You are for me, not against me.

I am who you say I am.”

You are not going to be chosen by everyone.

I do not know about you, but I need this reminder. It can be easy to fall into the trap of placing worth in how others view or identify you. What others say or think about you can mistakenly become what drives your actions. It is an exhausting and frustrating way to live. The identity that the world may give you is worthless compared to the price that Jesus paid for you on the cross. This world will make you feel unwanted and unchosen but remember that the highest King has welcomed and chosen you. This world will make you feel like you do not belong, but remember you belong as a child of God.

I pray that you never let the enemy hold you back from having confidence in who you are in Christ.

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