Our culture speaks often of the need to find yourself. We are told that we have to find ourselves before we can truly love and serve others… that we have to find ourselves to have true success and happiness in life. What if I told you that there was some truth to this? In the world’s version of “finding yourself,” you are discovering who you are apart from any outside influences. But in God’s version, you are learning about who you are in Him. And until you find yourself in Him, you will never be able to reach your full God-given potential.
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In order to find yourself, you have to lose yourself…
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. – Matthew 16:25
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. – Galatians 2:20
In the world’s version of finding yourself, you are simply trying to discover who you really are. You’re trying new things, bravely facing difficult circumstances, and learning to love who you are even in the midst of your flaws. While some may say that finding yourself in Christ is an entirely different process, it really isn’t all that different except for one crucial part of the journey.
We find ourselves in Christ when we take up our cross and follow Him. When we surrender ourselves to Him, we discover who we REALLY are. We learn to trust Him instead of living in fear, and we also learn to love who He has created us to be.
When you find yourself in Christ, your life will never be the same…
The truth is that finding yourself matters. If you don’t know who you are, how are you supposed to live your life to its fullest potential? How are you supposed to use the talents and abilities God gave you if you don’t know what they are? God created you to be special. He designed you to be uniquely you and called you to an amazing purpose in Him. Discovering this truth about yourself matters!
While we are all members of the Body of Christ, we all have different roles to play. This is one of the reasons God created us all to be unique. We have different talents, abilities, and personalities for a purpose! And discovering all of this about ourselves will help us to live our God-given purpose in life.
In the coming days and weeks of this series, we will discover more about who we are as God’s children. But never lose sight of this truth…
The only way to find yourself as a child of God is to find yourself in Him.
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*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.