Identity Crisis

Are you striving to be a good Christian? Do you feel as if you are busy doing the things of God. Do you feel it’s necessary to serve on this committee or that? Is your morning devotional a chore you must follow through on?

If you answered yes to any of these, you may be having an identity crisis. Your identity may be wrapped up in what you do and not who you are.

Yesterday, I was preparing to speak at my church. The last time I spoke I introduced myself as the “woman’s pastor.” Since that is no longer my title, I didn’t know what to say. So I thought I would say something witty like, “I’m just a random black woman that wandered off the street.” But the Holy Spirit immediately called me on it. He reminded me of my true identity – daughter of the Most High, accepted in the beloved, loved by the Father, the righteousness of God.

You see my identity in Christ transcends what I do. It’s not something I have to strive to be. It’s just who I am. What would be your reaction to a woman who said, “I’m trying really hard to be female today. I’m reading books on being female. I’m going to meetings to learn to be a better female. I’m working really hard to be female”?

You don’t have to strive for the love of the Father. You don’t have to work to cultivate a relationship with Him. His burden is easy and His yoke is light. When you recognize you are already loved. You are already accepted and striving is not required nor recommended, you will be able to enjoy an intimacy with God not based on your works but based on His work on the cross and His unfailing love for you.

Rest in who you are today.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 NASB)

I’m starting a new Bible Study in February entitled, “Triumphantly Free”. If you would like to know more about your identity in Christ this maybe the study for you. Email for more information.