The Bible is a lot of things all at once. It is a guidebook. It is the history of creation, the Jewish nation and the Christian church. It is future prophecy. It’s a work of art. Above all of these qualities, the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself. He gave us His Word so that we could understand who He is. He wants us to know His ways and His character. He wants to be known by us.
But there is something else unique about God’s Word that we often overlook. As we study God’s character and ways in the Bible, we aren’t just finding out about who He is, but we also find out who we are. The Bible has a lot to say about you, who you are and what your new identity in Christ is. The Bible tells us the truth about ourselves, and dispels the lies we may have come to believe about ourselves. As I heard a minister recently say, “The Bible trumps all.” No matter what you may think about yourself–no matter what the devil or anyone else tells you–if it doesn’t line up with God’s Word, it’s a lie.
I heard David Wilkerson once define a stronghold as any lie of the enemy that we believe. You might feel like you are unlovable. The enemy may whisper that in your ear; but God’s Word said He paid the highest price–the blood of His Son–just to have you as a son or daughter. The question is whose voice will you believe?
I think one of the most refreshing things about the life of Christ–and probably one of the reasons people loved to be around Jesus so much–was that He was so secure in His identity. In a world where people are trying to find out who they are and where they fit in, He never had to wrestle to “find Himself.” In fact, He explains many times in Scripture about how His life and the Father’s life are one and the same. He lived in perfect union with the Father. Listen to how He said it:
“For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me. You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me…Since you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who my Father is. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.” (John 8:14-18 NLT)
And further in the chapter, He makes this powerful statement: “I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. And the one who sent me is with me- he has not deserted me. For I always do what pleases him.” (28-29)
Jesus was a man who knew who He was. He knew the Father loved Him. He knew where He came from and where He was headed. He didn’t need to listen to the voices and opinions of anyone else. It’s no wonder people followed him in droves. Who wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where they are going? Jesus lived out His entire life in His identity as the Son of His Father.
I find this quality to be much needed in the church today. We have many people striving to do things to earn God’s acceptance that they already have if they are born again. There are many in the Body of Christ who are trying desperately to find out who they are, leaning on their talents and personalities to try to form an identity, when God has already told them who they are.
We ought to be a people who live FROM our identity in Christ. We ought to serve God from God’s approval, not for it. We ought to be so confident in what God thinks about us that words such as self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image mean absolutely nothing because our image, confidence and esteem all come from our relationship with our Father.
You are sons and daughters of God.
You are valuable.
You are beautiful.
You were created for a purpose.
You are worth dying for.
You are loved.
There are thousands of references in the Bible where you can find out what God thinks about you. Why wouldn’t we want to spend more time meditating on these truths rather than being concerned about what others think of us? Why not focus on these things rather than our past or our weaknesses? I encourage you to read through the Bible and find, meditate on and memorize verses that tell you who God says you are, and begin believing and walking in those amazing truths.