How do I identify myself? I am constantly asking myself that question.
I am a student.
I am a friend.
I am a family member.
I am a newly obsessive dog owner.
But more often than that, I am usually asking myself how others identify me. We as humans are constantly subjected to some form of judgment from the time we are born. For instance, as long as I can remember, my success has been determined by some form of grading scale. Did I pass? Did I make the appropriate grade? Did I get accepted? But even more than school, there are many other judgments that can be made. Am I pretty enough? Am I good enough friend? Am I doing well in my job? The list is endless! As I age this list may change, but it will never go away.
Colossians 3:3-4 reads:
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your[a] life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
I have a very bad habit of worrying what others think about me, and when I try to measure up to all of these worldly standards, it is simply exhausting and impossible.
When we place our identity in the hands of others, we are bound to feel like a failure. But God does not call us to identify with the standards of the world.
Galatians 2:20 reads:
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Our lives are now identified in Christ. It doesn’t matter to Him what grade I made, how many friends I have, or my social status. His only wish is that I live by faith in Him.
When I choose to remember that my identity is in Him and I don’t have to succumb to how society identifies me, a wave of peace washes over me and I am set free.