Sometimes when we are feeling down and out about ourselves, it can be hard to remember our identity in Christ. We constantly need to drown out the negative voices and remind ourselves of our true identity – which is found in Jesus Christ.
When you feel overwhelmed or discouraged, turn to the Bible to remind yourself of who God is and who God says you are. Falling in love with Jesus and discovering who you are is what this blog is all about.
Where Do You Find Your Identity?
Our identity is who we understand ourselves to be at the core. It is our true self. Or it is who we want to believe we are or others to believe we are, even if it contradicts who God says we are. Our identity is tied to what we really love and what we really want – the focus of our hearts. Where do you find your identity?
According to David Benner, a psychologist, and author of the book The Gift of Being Yourself, “an identity grounded in God would mean that when we think of who we are, the first thing that would come to mind is our status as someone who is deeply loved by God.”
In Christ, we can find our true, secure identity. Because of Him, we become the truest sense of ourselves. In Christ, we are born again and become a new person with a new name. We are the most secure when we root our identity in Christ. Use the following Bible verses to understand more about your identity in Christ.
Bible Verses about Identity in Christ
Your true identity is who God says you are. If you look inside yourself or to others, you will never discover who you truly are. The very foundation of our identity is shaken and altered when we seek it in others. So we hustle to define ourselves by someone or something else. A stable sense of self just simply can’t exist when it is rooted in external things. When you become a believer, you are given a new identity in Christ. The Lord gets the first and last word because He made you. Everything you learn about the Lord is in direct connection with who you are. In Genesis, you will see that God created man in the likeness of His image. And everything God created, He determined to be good – including YOU!
Romans 6:6: We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.
Jeremiah 1:5: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
1 Peter 2:9: But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Psalm 139:14: I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Bible Verses about Children of God
In Christ, we have been adopted by God to be His children. We were chosen by Him. You are the daughter (or son) of a king. You are now a member of His family and heirs to all things in Christ. You are precious in His sight. You can remain in His steadfast love.
John 1:12: But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
John 15:15: No longer do I call you servants, for the servant, does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Genesis 1:27: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Ephesians 1:5: he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.
Romans 8:17: and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
John 15:16: You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
Bible Verses About God’s Grace
All good gifts come from above. As believers, we were called into God’s family not by anything we could do but by God’s grace. He has shown us grace upon grace. Christ is the Lord and Master. He bought us with a price and we belong to Him. This is the greatest act of God’s grace towards us, and ultimately reflects our identity in Christ.
Ephesians 1:7: In him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.
Galatians 2:20: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Titus 2:11: For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.
As we draw closer to God, we can discover our true identity. How does viewing your identity in this way change the way you live?
**All Bible Verses are from the English Standard Version.