“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.” (Galatians 2:20)
“Who are you?”
That question alone leads to many expectations, comparisons and, quite honestly, failures.
Society poses the misconception that it is up to us to either create ourselves or live up to the reputation and role that others have given us. The problem with both of these attempts to find an identity is that we will continually be disappointed with reality and who we actually are.
Have you ever noticed that you become offended when others have judged or challenged you? Or maybe that your pride is hurt when others question your intelligence or performance? This is a common and natural response, and it happens as a result in finding your identity in something other than the Lord.
We, as humans, feel the need to prove ourselves to others, as if we need to convince them that we have what it takes or that we are enough. The reality is that whether we are striving to be beautiful, smart, happy, a good parent or a good daughter or son, we will fail. If we are trying to be a perfect Christian, we will fail.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Paul writes “But [God] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions and in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
In this passage, Paul is referring to times in his life when he recognized his own weaknesses and insufficiencies. Paul counts these times not as embarrassing moments or failures, but rather, as times when he relied on the Lord’s strength and guidance.
Some of the most beautiful and comforting things that can be found in a relationship with Jesus are freedom and acceptance. God knows that we will fail, and He loves us anyway. He does not ask us to meet a quota or look a certain way. Instead, He simply invites us to draw near to Him. Jesus wants us to understand just how much He loves each one of us, to get to know Him and who He says He is and to love Him back in return.
When we find our identity in Christ and in Christ alone, we are rid of any societal standards or expectations. We are loved by the greatest love the world has ever known and accepted by the only one who will ever care for us despite all of our flaws and failures.
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