Your Identity in Christ and Your Amazing Value
If you are a follower of Jesus, your identity in Christ is everything. It’s who you really are.
And that’s a very, very powerful truth to understand.
Check out this video, that I did not create, but found on YouTube called Your Identity in Christ: Who am I?
So, What Is Self Esteem?
Self esteem is confidence in your own worth or abilities. Some call it “self respect.”
If your self esteem is unreasonably low, you have confidence issues that might come across as an unwillingness to attempt new things or to engage with people.
So what’s a healthy self esteem look like? I imagine it’s a balance between the 2 examples, but I get the feeling we all pretty much have a tendency to lean to either too much or not enough self esteem.
This is why it’s so important to understand your own individual identity in Christ.
And that’s why I’m not going to dive into the psychology behind self esteem. The spiritual side of it is far more impactful, anyway.
Biblical Self-Esteem: Not Too Much, Not Too Little
“Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves.” -Romans 12:3 (NLT)
That’s a substantial warning Paul wrote. He’s essentially saying that we shouldn’t over estimate ourselves. It’s a stern warning against pride.
I sit in a lot of meetings with all kinds of churches. During one of those meetings, some church leaders were over estimating a specific Bible education. They were disproportionately elevating training over my ability and calling to ministry.
So how did I respond? I actually found myself, later to my own regret, boasting about the degree I held and the one I was still chasing.
Of course it’s good to acknowledge your accomplishments. Sometimes you need to establish credibility. But in that meeting, I allowed myself to be judged by what I had done rather than by my faith, calling, and character in Christ.
That’s the warning Paul gave us in Romans 12.
Biblically, self esteem is a “sober evaluation” of yourself and who you are in Christ.
That means you don’t brag about your achievements or the things you have. It also means you don’t under estimate and belittle yourself.
After all, what really matters most to genuinely knowing who you are is understanding that it was the Son of God who has paid the price to redeem you.
Your identity in Christ is everything. To understand and comprehend the truth of who you are in God is powerful and that could bring a real breakthrough to your spiritual life.
So then, who are you in Christ?
1. You are loved:
He loves you because of His love for you, and not because of anything you can do, show, give, or become. I know that can be disturbingly difficult to fully grasp. But God’s incomparable, priceless love for you is absolutely true.
“Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates God’s love for us” Romans 5:8
But there’s just got to be something we can do to get God’s attention, to win over His favor, right?
Actually, yes, but really no: all you can do is surrender. “So then, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).
Understand who you are in God. You’re so valuable to Him that He doesn’t want anything from you in exchange for His unending love.
2. You are valuable:
Sometimes people say they would lay down their life for a loved one. Some people have done just that, dying as heroes.
But God has gone even further. He willingly died for us while we were against Him (Romans 5:8).
And it was an inconceivable price He paid for you: “for God bought you with a high price” (1 Corinthians 6:20).
3. You are accepted:
Accepted by God means declared innocent. Another way to say that is justified.
In fact, in the original translation of the verse I’m about to share with you, the word justified was dikaioō (dik-ah-yo’-o).
The definition for that Greek word is “to render righteous.”
“yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified” (Galatians 2:16).
When you’re surrendered to Christ and have repented of your sins, you’ve been so completely separated from them, it’s as if they never happened (Check out John 1:29).
And in case that’s not enough for you, look at John 1:12. “However, he gave the right to become God’s children to everyone who believed in him.”
You are accepted.
4. You are precious:
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,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand —
when I awake, I am still with you.
Because God is so intimately familiar with who you are, and because you are His own design, you are precious to Him.
How amazing is that? The God who created everything that you can see and everything you can’t see is personally concerned with you:
Who You Really Are
I sincerely want you to take this truth home with you. So I’m going to recap.
If you follow Jesus, your identity in Christ supersedes everything else you may think about yourself. Good or bad.
Your identity in Christ and your self esteem are intimately related.
You’ve been set apart for a greater purpose.
So remember these points and put these verses where you’ll use them. You are:
- Loved (Romans 5:8)
- Valuable (1 Corinthians 6:20)
- Accepted (John 1:12; Galatians 2:16)
- Precious (Psalm 139:13–18)
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Originally published at genewhitehead.com on December 6, 2016.