Identity Found in God
The Creator and The Creation
~ The Creator
~ The Creation
~ The Relationship
~ The Purpose
~ Living Fully as His Creation
Living Fully as His Creation
Psalm 139:13-14 – For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful!
There is a term used in psychology called self-fulfilled prophecy. Generally speaking, this refers to the idea of, “causing something to happen by believing it will come true”. An example of this is a child who believes their parents like their sibling better than himself. In response to this thought, the child begins to act as though that was true. Maybe they choose to act out or disobey, causing the parents to continually discipline the child, creating the sense that the other sibling is less difficult to deal with, and therefore IS truly liked better.
Our mind is an influential part of our being. It is influenced by factors found in our environment around us. Who does our culture tell us to be? How is the expected or accepted way to live? Voices around us seem to scream, or sometimes whisper lies to us. Lies that say in order to really be someone, to really matter in this world you must look a certain way, dress a certain way. You must follow a certain path that keeps you on an imaginary ladder that supposedly finds more and more success with each rung. These voices are all around.
What happens when you’re not feeling it? When you try and take the next step up the ladder, and you trip? What happens if you lose your job, or you get a diagnosis, or you realize that age is creeping in on your glamour, style and sway? Who do you end up being when life happens? It’s clear that when we step into the day and attempt to hold tight to worldly identity, we may find ourselves falling to the bottom of the ladder where we find no purpose or worth.
Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men…” Be reminded – God is our Creator who knit us together in an intentional, special way, who breathed life into us, who has already prepared things for us to do. He has us all in His plan. We are part of His story. Man has plans for us too. We need to shift our mind, shift our focus, our perspective FROM man’s expectations and fall in synch with God Almighty. He offers genuine fulfillment for those He loves so much.
Each day is an opportunity for you to wake up and proclaim (out loud if it helps :) that you are fearfully and wonderfully made, a wonderful work of God, your Creator. Do as it says in Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Put it on your bathroom mirrors, post it on the dashboard of your car, plaster it on your work bulletin board. Position God’s purpose in front of you continually. Step into each minute anticipating what good works await you. Set your mind on the truth – the understanding that YOU are here for a purpose. There is a reason you are on this earth, in this generation, with specific gifts, talents and resources, surrounded by certain family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.
We are not here to live a life that is measured by worldly success. We are not here to climb a ladder made of imperfect expectations that will crumble. But instead, we are created by God to live for Him, and to step on the path He has placed before us. We have a choice. Will you accept the invitation to live a life as a chosen, beautiful, worthy and purposeful creation, and walk towards the Garden with your Creator? Does the thought of this bring relief? Peace? An all encompassing smile on your heart? It sure does to me!
Imagine yourself accepting the fact that you are His beautiful creation - that you believe that you are! How does it look to live in this truth? What is He saying to you? Take some time to be still before your Creator and allow Him to speak to you. Write His words down and believe them. He loves spending time with you! Make a commitment to Him that you will stop climbing an earthly ladder, but will stay in step with Him in all that He has planned for you.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things…And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9