Our identity in Christ

gods-hands-holding-childIn love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” Eph. 1:4b-5 (NIV)

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In addition to a critical need for love and acceptance, we have a God-placed need to be viewed as an individual with inherent worth.

This verse reminds us that our inherent worth is derived from the fact that we are sons and daughters of God.

We have worth because we belong to God’s family.

Unfortunately, we often seek to establish our worth through other means.

We can do that by working to establish an identity…to be known as someone who is special.

We can strive to create our own sense of worth rather than depending on the immense worth God has already given us as members of His family.

In the field of medicine, it’s common for us to derive our sense of worth from our identity as healthcare professionals.

When that happens…our career becomes our source of worth…not God.

Rather than being a Christian who happens to be a physician…we become a physician who happens to be a Christian.

The difference is profound.

As we strive to create our own sense of worth, it will require significant time and energy of us.

When we draw our identity and worth from something other than our relationship to God, we dedicate that time and effort toward something other than God.

Put another way…our misplaced sense of identity and worth becomes an idol.

As we pour our time and effort into an identity outside of Christ, we increasingly separate ourselves from our true identity…a son or daughter of the living God.

Take some time this weekend to carefully think through this issue.

Ask yourself…do I derive my sense of worth as a person because I am a son or daughter of God, or do I derive my sense of worth from my identity in this world?

Next week we will begin looking closer at how this impacts our walk with Jesus.

Prayer: Lord as I reflect on these truths, show me how I derive my sense of identity and worth.

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