“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”-1 John 3:1-2
In search of stability, our humanness often compels us to cling to aspects of our identity. However, there are many aspects of our identity that are subject to change. God clearly called me to a certain job at one point in my life. This job was basically my dream job. The season of my life changed, and it was clear that I wouldn’t be able to stay there. Oh, how I struggled to lay down that job! But it was the right time. Working that job was one aspect of my identity for a time. But it was not an aspect meant to last forever.
As we read above, we are called children of GOD! Let that amazing, unfathomable fact sink in. The Creator of the very universe calls us His children! When we go on to glory, we’ll meet our Heavenly Father in different realms and live with Him for eternity! The aspect of being a child of God cannot be taken from us, even in death.
Life is a constant reality of laying down and picking up. We are continually evolving and growing as our Heavenly Father leads us along the path our of lives. We are “taking on” and “taking off” different aspects of our identity, and we must be ready to do so.
If you’re single and called to marriage, be ready to let go of the “single” aspect of your identity to become one flesh with another.
If you’re called to parenthood, be ready to let go of the freedom of childlessness for the beauty and toil of raising human beings through every type of joy and struggle.
If you’re a student, be ready to let go of your academic identity in order to enter the workforce.
If you have a past that you want to forget, cling to a hopeful present and future with God by your side.
If people know you as an orphan or the child of an alcoholic, mentally unstable person, cling to the knowledge of being completely loved and cared for as a child of God.
If you live in a certain city or state, be ready to become a resident of somewhere new.
If you’re working at a job you love, be ready when God calls you to move on to somewhere else.
We will have many identities as we go through life. As much as we may grow attached to certain aspects of ourselves, there is usually a time when we must let go. We can cherish the seasons of our life and remember with fondness, but to grow we must move on. Others may continue to know us as someone from our past, but we need to stand up straight and confident in who we are in Christ.