According to Genesis, chapter 1, Jesus is the author of all things. “God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). We tend to forget that God is all-mighty and powerful. He gives a command and it happens instantly. In six days, God created light, water, plants, animals and mankind. Genesis 1:27 states that God created “mankind in His own image.” Psalms 100:3 says “know that the Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.”
If we are created in God’s image, then why do we allow man to determine how we feel about ourselves? We allow man to tear us down with hurtful words and lies. The negative words spoken over us or the lies that are told about us become truth if we start to believe them.
Jesus is the only person who can tell us the truth of who we are and in Psalms 139:14, the Scripture tells us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” We are made in God’s image and we were never meant to believe the lies that the devil tries to convince us of who we are. Jesus replaces the negative words with powerful words such as, “You are beautiful,” “You are worthy.” First John 3:1 declares “that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
Remove the Mask
There are many ways we can lose our identity in Christ. The world tells us that we should look or act a certain way to be accepted. As Christians, sometimes we are considered an outcast. The world will try to tempt us into doing something that goes against everything we believe in. Peer pressure is something that we have to face every day and resist. No one wants to be rejected and mocked. We all have the desire to be liked by others and to feel wanted. Hurtful words, rejection and loneliness are just a few things that can make us feel unworthy and doubt who we are in Christ.
These false mindsets lead us to being people pleasers and creating idols. People pleasing is when we try to be someone we are not. We allow others to create a new image for us. People try to change our personality and appearance. If a person expects us to be a certain way, we will try our best to not disappoint that individual, no matter the cost. Little by little, we lose our identity and forget who we are in Christ. People pleasing turns into creating idols. When we try to be like someone else, we begin to dislike ourselves in the process. We allow people to label us and define who we are rather than allow God to define us.
For the next few moments, evaluate your life to see how you have allowed others to define you. Majority of my life I was a people pleaser and, as a result, created idols. If I knew people disapproved of me, I would be very distraught and was persistent for them to like me. I would try to change my personality or appearance to get their approval. Instead of putting God first in my life, I would try to mimic others in their spiritual walk. I never felt like I was a good enough Christian because I was told I did not worship God correctly and not spiritual enough in my Christian walk. I was judged harshly by others and believed what they told me. It has taken me years to change my mindsets to see the truth in that situation.
Some people will try to convince us that we have no worth. Others may even try to quench our dreams by telling us that it is impossible to achieve. We never want to lose our identity in Christ because someone does not agree with our lifestyle, beliefs and appearance. We need to always be true to ourselves and be proud of who we are.
Be True to Yourself
God has created all of us with different talents and skills to do His Kingdom work on earth. Our purpose in life is to be ourselves. We try to have someone else’s talents because we think our God-given talents are insignificant. We need to be proud of who we are and use the talents that God has given us to the best of our ability. God created you to be “you” and nobody else.
Below are several quotes that will encourage all of us to be ourselves and not try to be anyone else:
“When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.” ― Steve Maraboli
“Whomever you truly are… honor that person. No dream was ever realized by disappearing into the shadows of self-deceit and doubt.” ― Jaeda DeWalt
“Stand strong in your worth and don’t let anyone talk you out of it.” ― Mandy Hale
God did not make a mistake. We are all God’s creation. I encourage you to be yourself, at all times, and do not let others dictate who you are. Your identity is in Christ.