Are you a human being or a human doing? In other words, is your identity based upon who you are or what you do? I have to admit that I’ve often based my own self-worth upon what I do rather than just who I am. The love of God seeks to change that. It interesting that in the first thirty years of Jesus’ life, there is virtually nothing recorded about what He did. We are told that he grew up and one time we see him in the synagogue, but that’s it. In Mathew chapter three, Jesus is about 30 and his ministry is going to be launched. John the Baptist baptizes him.
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17
God loved Jesus before he ever did anything for him. God loved Jesus because of who he was- he was his son- that was Jesus’ identity. God’s love and acceptance of Him was not predicated upon what Jesus did.
“We don’t find God. God finds us. So who do we find? We find ourselves eventually, hopefully… and when we do, we find the one who found and loved us long before we could find and love ourselves. For we are shaped and formed by the hands of God. We are held long before we can hold on. We are loved long before we even know how to love.”
Jason Upon, God Finds Us
Our identity and security should always lie in who are as children of God and not in what we think we can do for Him. It’s out of this place that God is actually able to work through us to share His love with others.
My prayer for you today is that you would know that you are loved. You are not loved by God because of what you do. You are loved because of who you are.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Your job is to be a human being- to simply be and find yourself wrapped in the loving arms of God and allow God to do all of the doing.
God is good and you are loved.
Where do place your self-worth?
Do you find yourself striving rather than abiding in God’s love?
How can you better identify yourself as a child of God?
Krista Harvey joined the staff in May of 2019 as Cornerstone’s first Women’s Minister. She is a passionate follower of Jesus and loves to teach and minister the Word of God. Krista’s desire is that every woman would understand her value and walk in the fullness of Christ in every aspect of her life. Krista teaches and oversees all of Women’s Ministry at Cornerstone. Krista holds a BA from Vanguard University and is in pursuit of a MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has been involved with global missions around the world in India, Philippines, Uganda, and Ethiopia.