“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”-John 1:12
We all desire acceptance and validation. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done, you want it. That group of guys you saw today that looked like trouble? They want it too.
God is better than anything that we could ever pursue, yet we seek our validation and identity everywhere else. If you have the strongest bench in your gym, best grades in your class, or best voice in your choir, you gravitate toward that. If you are the most successful person in business that your family or friends have ever seen, you decide that this is who you are. You think “I’ve finally found where I belong; the thing that will bring meaning and purpose to my life.”
But the problem is, when you place your identity anywhere other than in the fact that you are a child of God, it can be ripped away faster than a C-3PO Band-Aid. As soon as someone hits 10 pounds more than you on bench, makes a higher grade on a test, or gets picked for the solo part before you, you’re no longer the strongest, smartest, or most gifted. You lose your identity. But your identity in Christ can never be taken away from you. As a matter of fact, it’s the only thing that can’t.
We are all talented in different ways, and we should by all means make use of those gifts. Just understand that your identity is not in that, and that your desire underneath it for true acceptance and belonging can only be fulfilled in Christ.
Know who you are, and be relentless!
“You’re far worse than you think you are, but He loves you far more than you think He does” -Matt Chandler