Romans 5:8, 1 Peter 2:9, 2 Timothy 2:21, Romans 8:37, Isaiah 61:10
While the month of October has many things to look forward to, Halloween is my favorite. There is something so fun about dressing up and eating way too much candy. For one night you get to embrace a new identity- maybe a princess, a teacher, the pink power ranger, a box of crayons, etc. The options are limitless! However, I think I enjoy dressing up during Halloween because I perfect my skill of dressing up all year long.
Playing dress up was (and is) so fun! However, God has taught me over the years that there is both a healthy way and an unhealthy way to play dress up. For many years I lived playing dress up the unhealthy way.
Pretending to be Super Woman and fight all of my own battles. Pretending to be Cinderella, waiting for a prince to come in, sweep me off of my feet, and take away all of my problems and worries. Pretending to be Wonder Woman and take on more than my capacity could hold because “I could do anything.”
I would wake up in the morning and put on one identity. I would go to work and put on another one. I would go to school and put on another one. I would come home and put on another one. I’d do homework and another one goes on. But as I kept putting on these identities for the different roles I played, the costumes began to layer themselves, becoming restrictive and suffocating. Pretty soon, I was so weighed down that I could not take the next step. I was so wrapped up in my identities of what I did that I forgot who I was.
Thankfully, God lovingly tells us in the Word all about our one true identity.
First, we are loved. God loves us directly for who He created us to be. Romans 5:8 declares, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” God sees us, without any identity on other than the one He gave us, and chooses to love us. We are loved deeply, richly, incomprehensibly in our sin and in our righteousness that Jesus’ blood gives to us.
Then, He tells us that we are chosen daughters of the King, royalty. First Peter 2:9 says, “You are a chosen race, 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.” He has made us royalty, giving us places of privilege and influence in the domains of our everyday life so that we can proclaim His good news.
We are called, separated, holy vessels. Second Timothy 2:21 tells us, “Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” We are useful tools for the Kingdom of God!
We are more than conquerors. Romans 8:37, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” This is better than putting on a Wonder Woman outfit! We have the Spirit of the Savior of the world that dwells within us! He has already conquered, so we live victoriously in His victory!
Now that we know who we are (loved, children, holy vessels, more than conquerors), what outfits does God give us? Isaiah 61:10 says, “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exalt in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness.” We can wake up each morning knowing what we are going to wear, righteousness and salvation. They are not of our own, but they are from the very closet of God.
So each day, we can continue filling the roles God has called us to while putting on the identity that He gives. The identity of a believer lies with Jesus Christ and His accomplished work on the Cross. May we go forth choosing to live in the identity that Christ gives us as it is far more than all we could ever imagine.