Our Unique and Ordinary Identity

In the United States the name John or Jane Doe, refer to people whose identity is unknown or withheld possibly for legal reasons. You may remember the fictional character found floating unconscious in the sea by fishermen some years ago. He wakes and discovers he is suffering from extreme memory loss. The character known as Jason Bourne, which is but one of his many aliases has a tormented past, and like many of us, this past continues to influence him throughout his lifetime. When Jason goes in search of his identity, he finds nothing but trouble at every turn. Jason like many people today is experiencing an identity crisis because they do not know whom they are. They try to find their identity in who they know, their position at work, their academic degrees, what they own, the clothes they wear; the list goes on and on.

Some people allow the world to tell them who they are; the world loves nothing more than answering that question for you. There are many lies the world promotes and those of us who profess to follow Christ are too often parrots repeating what we hear. ‘There is no one in the world just like you, you are so unique, you are truly one of a kind.” While you have unique fingerprints and DNA, the reality is there are a lot of people who have the same talents and abilities you have. Elijah, God’s chosen prophet, was a regular, ordinary person. “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours” James 5:17. There is real freedom in being ordinary.

We seem to have an overabundance of insecure people in our society today. Insecurity involves our thoughts and shows up in the way we think and feel about ourselves. So ask yourself, what do you think about yourself? How do you feel about yourself? Do you compare yourself with others and feel belittled or threatened around people who can do things you cannot do, or do those things better than you or have things you do not have or better than you have?

Although having a job and being able to work is an honorable thing when working to provide for your family whether you collect garbage, work in a fast food restaurant, are the Walmart greeter or win a Humanitarian Award that’s honorable in the sight of God. Nevertheless, you are not your job, nor are you the network of people you know or who know you, nor are you your net worth. Jesus said, “One’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” Luke 12:15.

The truth is that your worth, your value, is not based on what you do. One’s value can only be found in knowing you are created by God to be His child, knowing Christ, having Him as your Savior, and living in relationship with God. Who does God need? Nobody! If I do not do the assignment, then God will find somebody who will, and I will miss the blessing. God does not need me! God has an entire army of ordinary people just like me. When Jesus entered Jerusalem the week before His crucifixion, the people erupted in abundant praise to Jesus, and when the Pharisees tried to silence them. Jesus responded saying, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out” -Luke 19:40. If you were to stop worshiping, creation itself would call out the message that the universe was created to trumpet. God does not need you; we get the privilege of participating with Him.

Every person is equally valuable to God. “For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh” – Philippians 3:3. We cannot earn God’s love it is a gift. A gift He offers that we receive by faith, and He wants to have a personal relationship with each of us because He loves us.

When we look in the mirror, some of us may not like what we see. We see our physical flaws our weight, height, shape, hair, and other features. This scripture clearly tells us we should not get our confidence from how we look, whom we know, what we have or what we do. We “put no confidence in the flesh,” and are confident in who we are in Christ: loved, forgiven, redeemed, “the righteousness of God.-2 Corinthians 5:21.

As a child of God, you are a unique yet ordinary creation. The world pressures us into the mold of always judging people and judging ourselves by harsh superficial standards. “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight”1 Peter 3:3-4.

Who are you? True joy comes when you know who you are in Christ, and you can focus on reaching out to others, helping to make their lives better. It all begins with knowing God loves you and that His love is unconditional, and you cannot buy His love with anything. God’s love for us is based on who He is, not on us in who we are or how good we are. “You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you”-Isaiah 43:4.

You are unique and extraordinary because He loves you not because of who you are or what you do, but because of who He is and what He has already done.

God’s Peace!

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