“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”Matthew 16:13-17 NKJV
The question Jesus asked in the scripture above has to do with his identity. Although Jesus knows who he is, he wanted to be sure his disciples did too. The question of identity is a question every man will have to ask at a point in time. The same way Peter got to know Jesus’ real identity from the Father (God) is the same way any man searching for his identity will only find it in God. God is our creator and only the creator can disclose the identity and abilities of his handiwork.
” Yet, O Lord , You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our Potter, And we all are the work of Your hand.”
Isaiah 64:8 AMP
“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”
Ephesians 2:10 AMP
If you base your identity on what people think of you, what they say about you, how they treat you, the number on the weight scale, the season of life you are in, the roles you play, your accomplishments, money, success, education, career etc. you will live a pitiable life because all of these is subject to change. Jesus knew who he is and what people thought of him didn’t change who he is. Who are you? Who do you think you are? The truth is you cannot answer this question on your own. You have to seek for the answer in God’s word.
“But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world . For at one time you were not God’s people, but now you are. At one time you knew nothing of God’s mercy, because you hadn’t received it yet, but now you are drenched with it!”
1 Peter 2:9-10 TPT
Based on God’s word, everyone that believes in Jesus as Lord has a new identity has revealed above in 1 Peter 2:9-10.
1. You are chosen. It doesn’t matter who rejects you because God already chose you.
2. You are royalty; the King’s daughter.
3. You belong to the family of God.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
Ephesians 1:3-7 NKJV”
4. You are Blessed.
5. You are Loved. The reality of God’s love will serve as an anchor for you during stormy nights. God’s love never fails. It’s unconditional. It’s not a function of what you do or don’t do (Jer 31:3).
6. You are Accepted in the Beloved(Jesus).
7. You are Redeemed and Forgiven. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done or what you failed to do, in Christ you are forgiven.
8. You are beautiful.
“You formed my innermost being, shaping my delicate inside and my intricate outside, and wove them all together in my mother’s womb. I thank you, God, for making me so mysteriously complex! Everything you do is marvelously breathtaking. It simply amazes me to think about it! How thoroughly you know me, Lord!”
Psalms 139:13-14 TPT
9. You are Complete
“And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe!”
Colossians 2:10 TPT
10. You are Child. You are not an orphan and neither are you a slave. You dear one are God’s Child (Gal 4:7, 2 Cor 6:18, John 1:12)
The truth is the devil and circumstances will want you to doubt your identity in Christ but you can make the choice not too. Memorize has many scripture as you can that tells you who you are in Christ Jesus and live by its truth. There are days you wouldn’t feel like living in the truth of your identity in Christ but you can make the choice to do so by faith. It isn’t really about how you feel but about what is true. You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. I hope the next time your identity is questioned you wouldn’t hesitate to say “I am God’s Beloved Child.”
Have you ever struggled with low self-esteem or your identity in general? How did you deal with it?
I would love to hear from you.