There are some amazing books that have been recently published on identity, and this seems to be a common thought in women’s ministries today.
But, is there too much of a focus on identity?
Has it become more self-focused rather than God-focused?
I recently read this article: http://faithit.com/dear-womens-ministry-stop-calling-me-beautiful-phylicia-delta/.
I liked this one line, in particular, that she said:
“They leave our churches knowing all about themselves, and knowing little about Christ.”
I commented the following in regards to her statement:
I liked this line in the article: “They leave our churches knowing all about themselves, and knowing little about Christ.” That is the key!!! There is a huge focus on identity because it absolutely makes a huge difference in our lives, BUT we can’t know who we are until we know Whose we are and that means knowing Who He is. That’s the issue. So many Christians know a lot about God and still remain insecure. I believe the issue is because they haven’t gotten past just knowing about God to understanding how those pivotal truths relate to them in their every day moment by moment living. It’s knowing that in this very moment, God isn’t just merciful, but He is my mercy today. Identity is at a crisis today because as a whole, the world and even the church hardly knows God on a personal, intimate level (reality), and therefore, we behave as orphans, searching for belonging. I agree that so often our focus becomes then centered on just a more spiritualized version of New Age thinking: self-enlightenment and self-glorification rather than on understanding the greatness of God and the greatness of His love and grace for us!!! When you truly understand this, it doesn’t make you proud; it makes you humble. The more I realize the greatness of His love and grace towards me, the more secure I am and the more humble I am!!!
I personally believe that you will never walk fully as a daughter of God until you understand that you are a daughter of God and what that means, which is why knowing our true identities is crucial.
I also though strongly believe that, as the article I quoted from is pointing out, we cannot understand who we are without understanding Who He is.
I want to clarify too that we do need to understand our roots: we are sinners completely in need of a Savior, but if all we do is stay there, we actually have “forfeited” the purpose of the cross in our lives.
Jesus came to save lost sons/sinners and to restore them as sons and heirs with Him!
The purpose of the cross wasn’t to emphasize our pasts, our sinfulness, what was lost to us in the Garden of Eden, and what Satan on a daily basis tries to constantly rub in our faces.
The purpose of the cross is what was accomplished at the cross — which is our salvation, our eternity, our redemption, our forgiveness, and the fact that we are no longer sinners separated from God, but we are sons and daughters and priests and priestesses of the most High God!
Let me repeat that statement:
The purpose of the cross is what was accomplished by Jesus at the cross.
I want to end this by restating the last line from my comment because I believe this is the focus with which I want to end:
The more I realize the greatness of His love and grace towards me, the more secure I am and the more humble I am!!!
“…we can’t know who we are until we know Whose we are and that means knowing Who He is.”
1 John 4:19
19 We love him, because he first loved us.