You have an identity, a purpose, and a value beyond compare. Do you believe that? Do you even know who you are?
All of our lives, our upbringing, our religious backgrounds have trained us to find value and significance in what we do. We are taught that if we want to achieve greatness we must go and do something. We are even taught that the bible teaches this. Too many preachers teach us that if we would find what we are created for then we must go and do, and along the way we will find our significance to the Kingdom. They prescribe to the notion that God’s system of hierarchy and authority chain depend upon our right action and holy duties we perform. This would be to say that what we do, our prayer life, our working, service, giving, and evangelism, are the place to find our identity, our purpose, our acceptance and our love.
On this world stage we are supposed to “do” something in order to be someone, or make something of ourselves. But we are in this world yet not of it. If we live by this world’s standards of how to be great, and have purpose and value, then we are trying to assimilate to the ways of the world and become part of it. Yet that is not what God says we are to do.
We should find our acceptance, our value, our purpose, our identity, and our love in the place of intimacy with the Father. We should not be working our good works from a place of needing to find ourselves, or our identity and value. We should be doing all of the things we do from the place of confidence in who we are, our identity, and our value.
Intimacy and resting before God feel like a very unnatural thing to do. At times it is very uncomfortable to do nothing. Our whole lives people have been telling us that we are not an asset to God’s kingdom unless we are serving, and doing. We are brainwashed into believing that we are somehow not as accepted if we are just a “member” of the church, rather than a “servant” in the church. We are pushed and pressed to “go and find out who you are by serving”. We are badgered into “climbing the ladder of success” to get to the place of our calling, often being forced to serve in children’s’ ministry before you can lead a home bible study under church directives (as if this somehow prepared you or proved your worth.)
This often leaves us with a deep longing to just “Be”. We end up feeling taxed, stressed, and over worked like a fish out of water struggling to breathe again.We try to fit in, doing whatever we can do to obtain “likes” and “comments”. We post “selfies”, and clamor for someone, anyone to pay even the slightest bit of attention to us. We have been forced to fit a mold that society, the church, and even our own desperation have forced us into. We go through the motions working our way up to where we can finally find favor with man to be what we and everyone else think we should be, or be doing. In the ends it’s about a 50/50 chance that we may actually be where we are called to be.
The 50% of the time that we are in the wrong place we feel slighted, and lied to. We are still empty and burdened with the desperate need for significance, and influence. The attention and admiration of others is not all it was cracked up to be and we are just plain empty. What do we do then? What do we do when everything we have ever worked towards ends up being a steel cage of misery and we are still left purposeless?
The world can be so fickle. Look at musicians today who hit it big and then all the sudden no one likes their music anymore. A lot of times they are the ones that end up enslaved to drugs because the pull of fame was so great that they lived for the masses attention, and when it was gone they were left empty and dead on the inside. Is this the way we want to live our life? When the world turns it back, or we are no longer significant to the ones we drew our identity from, where will we be? What will enslave us?
I have good news. There is a place where we can find an identity, a value, and a significance that will never sway with the masses. This value will never fade with the markets, or lessen with our influence. We can find a place of true and deep confidence in who we are and why we have been made. This place of security, love, and value is found alone in Jesus. You are a human “being” not a human “doing”. You are not created to work, but to BE. Deep inside your heart you have passions, you have things that make your heart beat.
When you begin to sit at God’s feet, and just rest, you will begin to find value. You don’t have to do anything to be something. The world says you do, that you are nothing if you are “just a mom”, or “just a homeless person”, or whatever “just” you may be. The world is wrong. You can open your heart to let Papa God in and He can show you just who you are, and just what it means to be human. He will teach you all about His family and just exactly what it means to be a child of a KING. You have value!
Do you even know who you are?
Let me encourage you with this one thought. When Moses built the tabernacle it shook so violently that men fell on their faces as dead in the presence of God. Yet when Jesus tore the veil, and the men in the upper room were filled with the Holy Spirit, they did not shake. You are created as the only physical matter on planet earth that can contain the glory of God in your spirit. You are made in the image of God Himself. You are His son, His daughter. You have value.