For nearly the past 11 years I have been a stay at home mom. I can remember that first year of being a mom being such a learning time. I had to learn that my identity wasn’t wrapped up in my job or my pay check. (Thank God for that as hubby can testify it wasn’t much!) My identity wasn’t wrapped up in my college major. I didn’t suddenly become less of a person because I dropped out of college in my third year to stay home and raise our son. My identity that first year was something I really struggled with. What was I? I was a wife and a stay at home mom. Still am. In many ways that is my identity. And I thank God for it.
But you know something? Even that isn’t my identity- at least not all of it. And thank God for that. Why? Because all of it can be taken away in any moment.
It is good to consider that. It is good to consider that your loved ones can be gone at any moment. Good to consider that your job can be lost. Good to consider that your goals can fall short. Considering it will make you consider the big question- what is your true identity? Who are you with no title? What is your purpose? In what or who can you hang your worth?
I found only one answer to that question: In Jesus Christ.
The God of the Universe sent his only Son to die for you. You were made by almighty loving hands, hands that bled. You were redeemed by almighty bleeding feet and arms stretched wide. You were and are desired. You were and are of infinite worth. You were born and continue to live with the grand purpose of experiencing and sharing the love of God.
That calling to share the love of God is wide spread, but there will be seasons when God calls you to really focus on particular people. It may your kids. It may be your spouse. It may be a co-worker or the student sitting next to you in that class. Whoever you are, wherever you are, at all times there is purpose. At all times there is worth.
So who are you? What is your identity? You are a daughter or son of the almighty God, created by divine hands to live out his love. That is your identity. In that is your worth. I pray you would consider that tonight. I pray that your heart and mind would truly grab ahold of it. It will give you new passion, new purpose, and wonderful new peace with who you are.
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.