I want to ask you a question:
Who are you?
Be honest. What are the first things that come to mind?
Athlete? Artist? Activist? Good friend? Hardworker? Deep thinker? Student? Entrepreneur?
These are just a few descriptions that could fit you. Blogger, writer, and graphic designer are a few that describe me. The things that we define ourselves by can be wrapped up in one word:
It’s one of those buzzwords we hear all the time. Everybody wants to be somebody. Everybody wants to do something impactful. We have a hunger inside us to know our value and purpose. Cue the list of our accomplishments, passions, and personality traits.
That’s who we are…right?
But what happens if you get injured and can’t compete? What if you move away from all of your friends? Say you get sick and can’t think clearly. Or you go blind and can’t see the colors you once painted. Or the business you started completely falls apart.
Who are you then? How would you view yourself? How would you handle it?
It would be pretty devastating.
What we place our identity in has a lot to do with what we value. And yet for a lot of us, we forget our most important identity–one we can never lose.
Daughter of the King.
The thing with this trait is that it isn’t something we earn or work towards. We are literally adopted into His family the moment we choose to follow Christ. We become children of God. Daughters of the King of kings, the Most High God.
…he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. (Ephesians 1:5-6)
It’s an identity received by faith in Jesus Christ. You can learn what that means by visiting the Good News page!
It’s easy to forget this, though. We may read the Bible every morning and have a verse from Scripture on our Instagram bio, but in day-to-day life, is He truly where we find our identity?
Ugh. It’s convicting to think about. We start placing our value in things like relationships, work, grades, followers, passion projects–you name it. But when the insecurity sets in as we look in the mirror, work becomes mundane, our GPA drops, the likes fade, and the spark of a cause we once loved vanishes, we feel empty-handed. Worthless. Unloved. Purposeless.
an identity that truly lasts
I want to share with you something that I did back in February. I sought to identify myself without any of the extra labels. Instead, I turned to Scripture.
My identity ➞ Who I am
- Follower of Jesus Christ (Matt 16:24-25)
- Servant of the Lord (2 Cor 4:5)
- Ambassador for the Good News (2 Cor 5:20)
- Woman defined by God (1 Tim 2:9-10)
If you’ve surrendered your life to the Lord by placing your faith and trust in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, these roles describe you too. And the thing is, as long as we live–no matter what happens–we will always have them.
Isn’t that freeing to think about?!
When our identity is in Christ, it’s totally secure.
When we choose to follow Jesus, we’re a follower forever. We have the privilege and duty of serving our loving and compassionate Lord. We are representatives–living testimonies–of the Gospel. Our beautiful womanhood is laid out clearly in Scripture and doesn’t fluctuate with the newest trend.
This is our true identity as daughters of the King.
It’s not going to be easy.
But it’s totally worth it.
I’d love to hear from you!
- Are you a daughter of the King? If so, think about who you were before you were adopted into God’s family. How has Jesus changed you?
- What are things that you often identify yourself by? Are they rooted in any of the four biblical roles God gives us or based on the world’s definition of worth?
- Pick one of the roles God’s given to us that you have the hardest time embracing and pray for God to help you see the beauty of your identity in Him!