In a recent sermon series, Chip Ingram explores the way our true identity in Christ begins with first understanding what He thinks about us. Do you know what He says about YOU?
To jump ahead to each of the 10 verses, use the links below.
There aren’t many things that philosophers, psychologists, and theologians agree upon, but there is one.
From the time we’re very young until the end of our lives, we all ask the same questions:
Who am I?
Where do I belong?
What am I supposed to do?
These are issues of identity, security, and significance, and every stage of life can bring up these questions once again (spoiler alert: the answer is always the same).
How can we wrestle with these questions in light of our place in the Kingdom?
YOU ARE VALUABLE
As we’ve learned in recent studies on Romans 12, He wants us to surrender to Him. That includes understanding YOUR worth and value.
You cannot love other people if you don’t love YOU. This requires being honest about who you are, Who created you, and being able to say:
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I matter. God has a plan for me. I have the right personality. I have the right gifts. I don’t need to be like anyone else.
Unfortunately, most of us spend a great majority of our time and energy trying to be like someone else. To be honest, sometimes we wish we were someone else.
We dress like other people, act like other people, and spend time and energy trying to be a replica of someone else. And yet God made us uniquely, and nobody else on the entire planet has the same DNA.
You were created just as the Creator intended because He has a purpose for you. He wants to do something great in you and then something significant through you.
How can you begin to come to grips with the real you? Start by learning what your Creator has to say about the real you.
10 Powerful Bible Verses That Reveal Your True Identity In Christ
1. Romans 8:29
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
God’s dream is to make you like His SON or DAUGHTER. He wants us to conform to the image of Christ.
2. Matthew 5:48
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
We are called to maturity, which is a process that includes discipline and endurance.
3. Romans 12:3
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. (Romans 12:3)
Take inventory but do it soberly—be honest about who you are. God already knows (and He loves you). Think ACCURATELY about yourself.
4. Psalm 139:13-14
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
God uniquely created you. Resist the lie that says you have no purpose. You are ETERNALLY VALUABLE.
Download a printable poster of this verse today and post it in your office or home. Be reminded daily that you were created wonderfully!
5. Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God gifted you to fulfill His purpose. You are IRREPLACEABLY SIGNIFICANT.
6. Romans 12:4-5
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
As part of the body, you are set apart and you have a unique purpose within the body of believers. Being a member of this family is part of your true identity. You have a ROLE to fill.
7. Romans 12:6-8
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
What brings you joy? Where is your naturally leading gift? While you serve the body, consider your gift. Discover and DEPLOY your spiritual gift.
8. Ephesians 3:19
And to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
God placed you in His family where you will experience His love and fullness. You are UNCONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED.
9. Ephesians 4:13
…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Exercise our faith within the body of Christ. Work out your faith within CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY.
10. Joshua 1:8
Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Remember these words of Truth. MEDITATE on God’s Word.
Once you begin thinking accurately about yourself and grasp your true identity in Christ, it will change you. It will alter your marriage, your attitude, your parenting, and your responses to the challenges of life.
Ultimately, you will realize that you were made with purpose, for a purpose, and there is no one like you. That is your true identity.
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Founder & Teaching Pastor, Living on the Edge
Chip Ingram is the CEO and teaching pastor of Living on the Edge, an international teaching and discipleship ministry. A pastor for over thirty years, Chip has a unique ability to communicate truth and challenge people to live out their faith. He is the author of many books, including The Real God, Culture Shock and The Real Heaven. Chip and his wife, Theresa, have four grown children and twelve grandchildren and live in California.More Articles by Chip