By Andrea Merrell
Sometimes we can spend a lifetime trying to “find” ourselves. We set goals, read self-help books, and maybe even seek counseling. All these things are helpful, but our true identity can only be found in Christ.
Finding ourselves also means loving ourselves, which is a hard concept for some. The Bible tells us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to (Romans 12:3), but there’s a big difference in being arrogant vs. being comfortable in our own skin.
These are some of the biblical attributes of a believer who has found his or her identity in Christ—filled with His love and abiding in His presence:
- Confident but humble.
- Honest and transparent.
- Not given to anger.
- Doesn't take himself too seriously.
- Quick to esteem others.
- Polite and considerate of others.
- Quick to listen and slow to speak.
- Unafraid of commitment.
- Not easily shaken.
- Not easily offended.
- Well-spoken of.
- A good example to others.
Since we’re well into the first month of 2019, let’s take these words by Sarah Young in Jesus Calling to heart:
I am leading you along a way that is uniquely right for you. The closer to me you grow, the more fully you become your true self—the one I designed you to be. Because you are one of a kind, the path you are traveling with me diverges increasingly from that of other people. However, in My mysterious wisdom and ways, I enable you to follow this solitary path while staying in close contact with others. In fact, the more completely you devote yourself to me, the more freely you can love people.
Marvel at the beauty of a life intertwined with My Presence. Rejoice as we journey together in intimate communion. Enjoy the adventure of finding yourself through losing yourself in Me. ~Jesus