By Kathryn Featherstone
In part one of this series, we looked at the things we use to create our identity. Each part of our identity is like one scarf. Sure, one scarf can be pretty and warm, but we aren’t meant to wrap ourselves in a bunch of them! If we try this, we find that it quickly becomes difficult to keep them on, much less move in them.
For each of us, identity is formed within the context of relationships, including personal relationships and the culture around us. We learn to show others who we are with our relationships, abilities, position, and possessions.
While these things are typically good things, they aren’t meant to be our source of identity. They can take our focus off Jesus and draw our attention to pleasing people instead of God. When these things are the source of our identity, we can feel like we’re wrapped up in several scarves, tied tightly and too awkward to move!
But when our identity is found in Christ, we discover who we really are in relationship to him. This frees us from earthly demands and we can instead rely on God’s unchanging love. We are free to use our earthly identity for God’s purposes. When we are connected to Jesus, we can use our gifts creatively and courageously in Spirit-inspired ways!
When our service and ministry pour out of a vibrant relationship with Christ, we will make the greatest impact because we love people:
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony (Colossians 3:14 ESV).
We don’t need to struggle with a bunch of scarves anymore. Let’s try something altogether different, like a coat!
Each time you put on a coat this winter, let it remind you to put on love.
Let it remind you of your true identity in Jesus’ love for you.
You are free from the need for earthly approval.
You are free to live out ministry (and all of life) motivated by love!
How will you creatively and courageously use your relationships, abilities, position, and possessions to share the love of Christ?
Kathryn Featherstone is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a board-certified Christian Life Coach. Get to know her more at livealifeoflove.org.
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