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?
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
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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