I once heard that our identity was truly given to us when we were knit together in our mother’s womb. The statement struck me because I so often have placed my identity in other things and found them lacking.
Our identities are shaped by several things, and at all stages of life. I find myself constantly needing the affirmation of my friends as someone who was wanted by them. When we don’t all hang out, I often feel like something is wrong with me.
The reality is, I have been placing all my hope and self-worth in these people who might encourage me, and point me towards the Lord, but they cannot be my identity. They cannot be my fulfilment. Only the Creator of my soul can possibly love every fiber of my being, because He made it!
“For you formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
Despite hearing the verse in Psalm at least a thousand times, no one has ever explained identity to me in that way before. It is quite literally, woven into us in our mother’s womb, and even though it may take us years to understand the power that has, God gave it to us freely. When we become believers, that identity blossoms inside our souls and now waits to show the world what a beautiful thing it is to be a child of the King!
Today, look in the mirror and remind yourself that God, our Almighty Father, wove into your soul your IDENTITY, even before you knew it was there.
1. How has the world shaped your identity?
2. Are there any specific things you can do to combat how the world is trying to shape your identity?
3. Memorise Psalm 139:13-14 or put it in a place you can see it often, and through new eyes.