True Identity: Living It Out
From knowing your true identity to living it out.
Now, we know the truth of our identity in Christ. We’ve got a glimpse of God’s unconditional, eternal and perfect love for us. We’ve talked about the hope and confidence that this can give us. There’s more… The point in knowing our identity is not just to feel better about ourselves. We are called to respond to God’s love with a life of worship and service. Jesus tells us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbour as yourself.”
I want to suggest 3 ways to do this in response to knowing your identity as a beloved daughter of God.
1. Remember and remind.
When you’re going about your normal life it’s sometimes hard to remember God’s amazing love. So remind yourself regularly – read your Bible, put encouraging notes around your room and in your diary, listen to worship music. It will inevitably lead to awe of God’s greatness and love, and refill you with His Spirit.
2. Tell Your Friends
All this truth about God and your identity is so amazing, so who wouldn’t want to know it and be transformed by it? Tell your friends this wonderful news. Don’t worry about what they might think of you, you are sharing out of love and offering them something pretty amazing. And share practically too. Give generously and serve others. Doing good does you good.
3. Prayer Changes Things
This is most important of all. God wants to hear all your thoughts, all your fears, all your joys, all your struggles, and all your requests. Prayer changes things. He will listen to whatever you have to say to Him, and He wants to speak to you too about His love for you and His will. Dare to listen.
I want to encourage you girls. You are God’s masterpiece, created with unique gifts and characteristics that God delights in, to live under the affection of a perfect Father, and to live a life of worship in accordance with God’s will. By God’s Spirit within you, you can do all things. But none of us are perfect. You will make mistakes as we all do, and when you do don’t despair and condemn yourself, just return to a place of looking to God’s unconditional love for you.
I’ll leave you with these words from Ephesians 3:17-19. This is my prayer for you:
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Emma studied Modern Languages at Durham University, and now works for King's Church Durham. She has loved the chance to encourage girls through these posts for More Precious!