It’s so easy to think about identity in terms of what we do: business person, student, stay-at-home parent, or some other role. Another piece to our identity is typically tied to our family, which carries a weight and influence that’s deeper than the tasks we complete during the day.
What comes to mind when you think of your family name? Is it stories of a crazy uncle? Dysfunction (we all have it)? A history of intelligence, double-jointedness, musical gifting, or humor? That lineage shapes the way we view ourselves, identify ourselves, and relate to God.
We take so much of our earthly identity from our family because of those deep relationships. Relationships are designed to shape and mold us by God’s design. While our family-given identity is strong, there’s another, more powerful identity that God wants us to uncover, paid for by the blood of Jesus and sealed with the Holy Spirit:
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” - Galatians 4:4-7
God the Father loves you, not some future version of yourself. And He picked you to adopt into His family. You see, trusting in Jesus’s death on the cross as payment for our sin moves us from strangers to children of God. This reality transcends what we do and is more powerful that the tendencies we get from our biological family.
As a child of God, you have access to the full presence, wisdom, and character of God, living and working in you. God desires for us to let our relationship with Him shape us. He asks us to lean on the truth of His word and the Holy Spirit to recenter us on the reality of our identity in Him. Dig into His word and let His voice wash over you — depositing an eternal identity that will never fade or change.