Understanding Who I Am | John 1:12-13
John 1:12-13 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.
In his song, Identity, Lecrae raps, “I’m not the shoes I wear. I’m not the clothes I buy. I’m not the house I live in. I’m not the cars I drive. I’m not the job I work. You can’t define my worth by nothing on God’s green earth. My identity is found in Christ, is found in Christ.” You may or may not appreciate Christian rap, but you can’t deny the biblical truth found in this song.
Too many people, yes, even believers, find their significance in stuff. I feel better about myself when I am wearing the right clothes. I hold my head higher when I write the “right” address. Check out how significant I really am when you see me driving “the car.” When I share my vocation at a dinner party and the prestige that comes with it, then I really feel significant.
When my identity is found in what I wear, where I live, what I drive or what I do, I am plagued by an internal fear of insignificance. These things don’t last. Significance comes only when my identity is in Christ. Nothing can change that. It never goes out of style. It never rusts or decays. It never gets old or breaks down. I am a child of God and will forever be!
Father, please don’t let me look for significance in possessions, position or appearance. Remind me often that I am your child and will be your child forever. In Jesus’ name. Amen.