13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. – Psalm 139:13-16 (ESV)
What defines a person? Is it their job? Their past? The judgements of others? Is it the grades you get at school, your station in life? Is it status or wealth or genealogy? Answer this question: at the very core of my being, I am a ______________________.
How did you define yourself? Some will choose their employment position or title. Others their familial role. Still others will frame their identity with either a point of pride (or, the other end of the spectrum, failure).
The problem is that none of these identifying factors are complete – or completely accurate. In fact, they can often hold us back. Especially if we are branded by others with an unfair label.
Your work does not define you.
Your wealth does not define you.
Your title, status, achievements, failures… None of these things define you.
No other human being can define you.
Only God defines you. He created each and every one of us with a purpose. You are fearfully and wonderfully made, wired with a God bestowed purpose and destiny. What is your purpose in life? I have no idea. Ask God! He drew up the design, plotted out the plan, wired you to be you.
Trust in a God. He has wonderful designs for your life. Get up in the morning and say, “Good Morning Lord! Thank you for giving me another day to serve you and rest in your grace and love. How can I serve today?” Seek God first and foremost. And watch Him work amazingly through your life to bless others. Then you will find your true purpose. It is only in God through Jesus Christ that we find our true identity.
So, who are you? You are a child of the One True God, greatly loved, incredibly blessed, fearfully and wonderfully made!
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