How to survive an identity crisis
From Genesis: A 7-Week Devotional
Identity is an all-consuming word. We use our identity to define how we perceive ourselves, what choices we make, and how we portray ourselves to others. We allow our identity to be shaped by our appearance, our children, our spouse, or maybe our career and income. Who are we really, deep in the core of our souls? Have you ever wondered the origin of who you really are?
The answer to any identity crisis can be found in the first chapter of the Bible. We were created on purpose, with a purpose, and for a purpose.
From the very beginning, God had big plans for us! We did not arrive here by accident. We were custom created by the One who created the entire universe. Not only did God custom make us, He made us to be like Him. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).
We were made to represent the One who made it all.
The reason nothing else—our careers, roles as parents, or positions in the community—satisfies us completely is we were made for more. We were made to represent the One who made it all.
When we find our identity in being God’s child, it changes how we interact with Him and with others. Seeing God as our Father and Creator causes us to want to spend time with Him. And, as we spend time with Him, we realize how great and loving He really is. And, as we experience His love, it changes how we treat others.
Our identity is not found in what we do for a living or who others say we are, but in who God says we are. He made us, and He alone can sustain us.
- Have you ever considered your identity to be defined by the image of God? By understanding you were created in His own image, how does this change the choices you make moving forward?
- How can you better relate and identify with others knowing we were all created in the image of God?