I want you to understand that your name does not have to be great in order for you to be a powerful in The Lord. Although, we live in a performance-based society that makes us believe our identity lies in our “doing.” You must always remember you are more than enough, just as you are. By being first, recognized, praised, rewarded or regarded, you may still not fulfill your life’s purpose or live up to your true identity. We live in a generation that is obsessed with “popular” culture, and people go to extremes to fit in. You must remember God’s acceptance is based on your standing with Christ, not popularity, promotion, applause or position. Although, instant gratification is tempting, God commends appropriate character.
Ask yourself, “What type of leader would I be if no one was following me?” “Would I still make the right decisions?” “Would I cheat or steal?” There are so many successful people who are dysfunctional, because they publicly succeed but they are private failures. They have degrees, impressive resumes and qualifications. They are CEO’s, pastors, doctors, millionaires. You name it! However, when it comes to their private lives with their families, they are cheaters, abusers, and they have distant relationships with their children. They are so busy pursuing status that they often forget God. It is vital that you understand that your identity is found in Christ alone! Your purpose is not in your position, and your identity is not in your title. Who you are is not defined by what you do!
One of the reasons why I was so lost and confused for such a long time is because I was looking for something to define me. I was searching for something I could identify with. I have embraced so many roles in my life—as a sister, daughter, friend, aunt, speaker, writer and now author—but now I realize that I am first:
· A child of God – 12” But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God” (John 1:12-13, KJV).
· I am a royal daughter – 9“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9, NIV).
· I am saved by grace – 8“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—9not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, NIV).
· I am a new creation – 17“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)
· I am an overcomer – 11“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death” (Revelation 12:11, NIV).
· I am never forsaken – 5“For God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5, NIV).
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