identity, source, Christ

Instead of us looking inward to find our identity in Christ, we need to look to who He is. Only by knowing who He is, do we know who we are.



My adolescence was spent mostly outdoors. Unless I had schoolwork or lightning was splitting the sky, I was breathing fresh air. Most of my childhood memories revolve around being in nature. Often, I reflect on experiences like when a friend, my brother, and I unrolled toilet paper back-and-forth across the street and through several yards. In the rain. That was fun.

As a child, I exhibited awe and wonder; I trusted with abandon. There was nothing to distract me from marveling at God’s creation. Unfortunately, maturity walks hand-in-hand with the loss of innocence and awe takes a back seat.

In the movie Alice in Wonderland, there is a scene with the Mad Hatter and Alice that I love:

“You’re not the same as you were before. You were much more muchier; you’ve lost your muchness.” – Mad Hatter

“My muchness?” – Alice

“In there [he points to her heart], something is missing.” – Mad Hatter

Identity: What It Is

The dictionary defines muchness as: greatness, as in quantity, measure, or degree. But we all lose our muchness sooner or later. We work on ourselves to restore what is missing when we slow down long enough to realize it. Frantically, we read about how much God loves us and who He says we are, trying desperately to regain our identity as a child of the King. But we are missing something. Does anyone else feel it?

A vital step is being skipped in our effort to reclaim our identity in Christ. Knowing how precious we are in God’s sight doesn’t hold much weight nor do we even possess the ability to believe it fully without intimately knowing His character. Otherwise we are like the man James references who looks at himself in the mirror and then once he walks away immediately forgets what he looked like (James 1:23-24).

Identity: Where It Comes From

How do we recover or incite the wonderment of God?

Psalm 111:10 tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Being a confident woman is not achievable by hours of introspection and assuring myself that I am precious in God’s sight. The words are true; so why do I continue to doubt their validity by being anxious, trying to take control and micromanaging the crap out of everything around me?

Instead of us looking inward to find our identity in Christ, we need to look to who He is. Only by knowing who He is, do we know who we are.

Proverbs 14:26 says that strong confidence is found in the fear of the Lord; that is where we begin to lay hold of our “muchness.” Once we have a grip on how all-powerful our Mighty God is, we can equip ourselves to believe the adoration He lavishes on us.

Awe helps us worry less about self-worth by turning our eyes first toward God, then toward others. It also helps establish our self-worth in the best possible way: we understand both our insignificance within creation and our significance to our Creator. – Jen Wilkin

Instead of us looking inward to find our identity in Christ, we need to look to who He is. Only by knowing who He is, do we know who we are.

 

We are precious in God’s sight. He does adore us. His perfect Son was slaughtered so that we could have access to call the One who controls the universe Father. May we remember that He holds the stars in place. He tells the sun to rise and set.

Take a walk in His creation and stand in awe of Him.


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Instead of us looking inward to find our identity in Christ, we need to look to who He is. Only by knowing who He is, do we know who we are.

Tj Holowaychuk

About the author
Emily Jones
I am a recovering princess and co-founder of Jonestown which is made up of my steadfast husband, Sean, and our 3 children who have all reached double digits. Embracing the value of change is a constant theme in my life. As a teen I swore I would never marry a man who was in the ministry or military. God has a beautiful sense of humor as I have been married to an Army man for 19 years, and I myself am pursuing a master's degree in biblical counseling.

Comments (20)

  1. “Once we have a grip on how all-powerful our Mighty God is, we can equip ourselves to believe the adoration He lavishes on us.” – This is my favorite sentence and, I think, the most important! You’re right! We forget about who God is in our quest to figure out who we are! Pretty silly, but we are just mere humans! Beautiful, Emily! <3

    1. I’m finding that whole dying to self thing also applies to who I think I know God to be. It’s honestly a relief to know I can always learn more about who He is!

  2. I agree with you on all points, i believe that once you find your true identity there is no stop to how far you can go because the outside influence is no longer powerful on your self image. thanks for sharing.

  3. I love this! My newest post is similar in theme. It’s so cool to see God reinforcing truth to his women by using different writers with different styles, but with the same goal- to magnify the Lord.

  4. Good reminder, good thoughts. Love that you started with the “muchness” story. This stuck with me: we are precious in His image if we have the ability to believe it fully and intimately know His character.

  5. I absolutely love how you flawlessly wove Alice in Wonderland into this piece. And, the message is one that I desperately needing a reminder of. Thank you for reminding me that I am not completely me without my God. 🙂

  6. I really enjoyed this post because this is something I can relate to. I am in the process of trying to find my identity. As a mom of four and someone who’s been married since I was 20. I lost my identity along the way.

    1. Relatable! I married when I was 18. It is a grueling process to seek our identities out when our lives are so wrapped up in family. I pray you are able to find moments of quiet to be still and reflect on how marvelous God is.

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