Who or What Defines You?

Remembering Who’s You Are!
As old as mankind is, there are tales of men and women going off to “find themselves”, and discover who they are.
I remember when I went through the breakup of my first marriage and subsequent divorce many years ago, someone said to me, “now is the chance to reinvent yourself!” I look back on that rather silly piece of advice, and think to myself; I didn’t need to reinvent myself, here is what I needed….

I needed to remember who I was/am.

I had linked my self worth and identity with wifehood, motherhood, and full-time Christian ministry. Suddenly I was no longer a wife, no longer in ministry, struggling as a single mother and because I had forgotten, over the years, who I was – or rather, Who’s I was, I fell apart.

What Defines You?
Your role, gifts and ministry are only a tiny part of who you are, they do not define you; what defines you is your identity as God’s child.
“I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:18)
John 1:12 says, “to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”
“So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)

We are adopted sons and daughters of God, with all the ‘family privileges’ that come with that title. We can come boldly into our Father’s presence, knowing that we are heirs of all His promises.

Remember Who Your Father is
By this I don’t mean ‘remember that God is your Father’ (although that’s important!)
What I mean is, remember who He is; Remember His character and His nature. He is not like any earthly Father; He is the perfect Father.
A few descriptions of God’s nature
From Genesis to Revelation, The Bible is packed with descriptions of God’s nature. Here are just a few:
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows” Psalm 68:5
tender and compassionate” Psalm 103:13
compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.”  Psalm 103:8
He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands. Deut 7:9
his unfailing love for us is powerful; the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever.” Psalm 117:2

If you been asking yourself questions such as, ‘who am I?, do I have value or purpose?’, remember the answers to these questions will never be found in anything or anyone other than your creator God. He’s the One who made you with design and purpose and He alone in the One who defines you.
It’s only when you begin to see yourself through, not just the lens of how God sees you, but who God is, that you begin to ‘find yourself’.

Jill 💜

PS: You might have noticed that when you click on the highlighted scripture references, they lead to BibleGateway.com
This is because Mustard Seed Blog highly advocates the use of Bible Gateway as a Bible study tool, whether you’re just starting out reading the Bible or your Bible is dog-eared and falling apart from use. Bible Gateway offers more than 200 versions of the Bible, commentaries, Bible dictionaries, daily devotionals, blogs and many other interactive resources.

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