Who am I? Everyone comes to a point in their life when they utter these 3 words. One easy way to figure this out is to see what your identity is. What do you constantly think about? Who do you surround yourself with? What are your hobbies?
My identity was in soccer, for the longest time it was all I had. When my eating disorder hit it’s worst point, being the skinny girl became my identity. At first, it made me feel extremely uncomfortable but eventually, I learned to embrace it and then I thrived in it. But what happens when you start to gain the weight back and you are no longer the skinny one? Or there is someone skinnier then you in the room, whether that’s true or not. Having your identity in something so unstable and always changing is dangerous.
There is only one thing that is stable and constant: Jesus.
See when your identity is attached to anything other than Jesus Christ you are always walking on uneven ground; this can be dangerous. You could roll your ankle or worse, get comfortable and end up falling off the cliff. But with Jesus as your identity, your anchor, you can walk and not worry about falling off the cliff. When you put your identity in Jesus the ground is always even.
During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus talks about the wise and foolish builders. Jesus tells a parable about 2 men who each built their own house, one on rock and the other on sand:
“the rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock.”Matthew 7:25
The foolish man didn’t have such luck “the rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:27
Not a gentle crash but a great one. Do you sense the alert Jesus gives when he says this? He warns everyone listening that if they build their identity in earthly things they are taking a massive risk. So, are you the wise builder or a foolish one? I have fallen into the category of a foolish builder before. The good news is Jesus gives us instructions on how to be a wise builder:
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24
Really let these words sink in; don’t just listen, put them into practice. Base your identity off what the Word of God says and you will notice a transformation in every aspect of your life.