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How To Discover Who You Are

When someone asks who we are, we probably mention what we do or the things we’re good at. We think of identity as the victories we’ve accomplished. It’s too painful or embarrassing to talk about our failures.
 
Because failure is how we feel about surrender:

  • Losing.
  • A white flag.
  • Hands held up in the air, releasing our grip on what we previously held so tightly.

No one likes to surrender. Surrendering means there’s someone else with more power or a stronger position.
 
Surrender looks like giving up and giving in. But what if there’s more to it? If Jesus demonstrated what surrender looks like, maybe there’s something in it for us (Mark 14:36).
 
We don’t surrender to an enemy that hates us, but a Father who loves us. It’s a love that takes what we could never deserve and gives us more than we could ever earn (Romans 8:17).
 
God’s love for you is not based on what you do, but on who you are.
 
You are valuable to God regardless of your performance. He doesn’t want your perfection; He wants your heart.
 
A person whose identity is in Jesus lives in total surrender to Jesus. That means everything we do—and everything about us—is tied to Jesus. It’s in giving our lives completely to Jesus that we find what it means to really live.
 
Reflect:

  • What are the first one or two things that come to your mind when you think about giving Jesus every part of your life?
  • What is one way you can allow your identity in Jesus to influence how you live?

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