Identity. What is it? Where does it come from? Where can we find it?
For most, it’s beauty. Its the loads of makeup. The designer outfits. The expensive shoes. The dyed hair. The height.
For others, it’s social status. It’s the number of likes on a post. The envious glances of others. The number of followers on Instagram.
Or maybe it’s education. It’s the highest grades. The best scores. The straight A’s.
Its the economic status. The amount of money. The size of house. The brand of car.
And for others, it’s health. The working out. The diets. The perfect body.
And the horrible truth is, that’s what people find their identity in. To our culture, that’s what is supposed to satisfy. It’s all outward. People may look perfect on the outside. It may seem they have it all together.
But that’s not true. Inside, people are a mess. Their relationships are disasters. They don’t have strong bonds with family. Their lives may look put together, but in reality, they’re in shambles. Why? Why is this happening?
Because people are looking for identify – for beauty and satisfaction – in the things of this world. In fashion. In fitness. In academics. In wealth. In status. And if one thing doesn’t satisfy them, they move on to the next. It’s an endless cycle of unhappiness and fake living.
That’s not how we’re called to live. That’s not what we’re made for. All those things I mentioned are nothing compared to knowing Jesus Christ and living your life for His glory.
I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Philippians 3:8-10
Knowing Christ is so much more worth it than getting a hundred likes on a picture. It’s so much more lasting that having loads of money. It’s so much more rewarding than getting highest honors.
Finding your true identity in Christ is so important. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use makeup or do your hair. Or that you can’t get good grades. Or that you can’t try and live a healthy lifestyle.
Remember Who you’re looking good for, Who you’re ultimately trying to do well in school for, Who you’re living a healthy lifestyle for. It’s for the One who created you. You’re beautiful, smart, and absolutely perfect in his eyes. 1 Corinthians 6 exhorts us to glorify God with our bodies. Ultimately, we’re to live for His approval, not the approval of others.
It doesn’t matter what others think of you, because He thinks you are perfect. There’s no guidebook to success. There’s only God’s word, which is THE best instruction manual on living a life of true beauty. Read it. See what He has to say about beauty. The next time you look in a mirror, think about these amazing truths from God’s word.
- You are created in His image (Genesis 1:27, Ephesians 2:10).
- You don’t have to look like that girl on the magazine cover. (1 Peter 3:3-4).
- Your ultimate purpose is to please your King, not others (1 Samuel 16:7).
- Your heart is more important than your style (1 Timothy 2:9-10).
- Your inward appearance is far more important than your outward (1 Timothy 4:8).
- Your identity is found in Christ, not in the acceptance of others.
- Your life is on display in front of the whole world – are you fearing the Lord God and living for Him with all that’s in you (Proverbs 1:7, 31:30)?
It’s your choice. Will you live like the world, or will you be transformed by the word of God and live up to His standards, not theirs?