everyone has a false identity. sometimes, our false identity is so convincing that we
even fool ourselves. we can fool a lot of people, but we can never fool God.
psalm 139:5-12 says this:
You go before me and behind me, and You lay Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand. i can never escape from your Spirit. i can never get away from Your presence. if i rise on the wings of the dawn, if i settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. if i say, “surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.
last week we covered this truth; God is omniscient. therefore, we will never be able to fool Him into thinking we are someone we are not.
yet we still all have a false identity that is wrapped up in superficial, shallow, and temporary things. we established four categories that our culture and world would want to define us under. they are:
when these things are going well in our lives, we feel good about ourselves.
- just made the team
- just got a new haircut
- just got new clothes
- just aced a test
however, when these things are not going well, we feel as if we have no value at all.
- just got cut from the team
- got a bad haircut
- i can not afford new clothes
- i failed my test
we live in a culture that puts emphasis on superficial, shallow, and temporary things.
but all of these things are false! we know that our identity is not in these things because they could all be taken away from some horrible accident.
temporary identity = temporary value
real value can never be taken away because it is eternal.
see what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! and that is what we are! – 1 john 3:1
that is what we are. children of God! if you have given your life to Jesus and followed Him, He has washed away every wrong thing you’ve ever done and He looks at you and sees you as His precious son or daughter.
you are so valuable that the King of the universe would come down from Heaven, be locked in a frail human body for 30 years, pray, fast, endure temptation, be mocked, beaten spit on, and ultimately be killed, all because He saw value in you.
He did not die for you because you were attractive, good at sports, or had lots of money. He died for you because you are His child!
next week we will be digging deeper into our true identity by examining what the Bible says our position, appearance, wealth, and skills are!