You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you
to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.
~ John 15:16 NKJV
Many people have experienced identity theft. Their private information has been stolen and used for someone else’s benefit. This results in personal loss, usually financial. None of us want another person to use who we are. We are each unique with our own identity and this uniqueness is a gift from the Lord who created us.
In like manner, there are times when we let other people define who we are by their opinion or by their words. We may think we are defined by our jobs. Saying, I am a teacher, or doctor, or a babysitter, or a store clerk. Or we define who we are by our position in the family,: Mother, Wife, Sister, or Daughter. These are all very important roles, but they only describe what we do, and not who we are.
May our deepest desire be to know who God says we are!
As you dig into Ephesians, the first three chapters, you will find God’s description of who we are. We are saved, redeemed, forgiven, loved, blessed, accepted in the Beloved, justified, sanctified, holy, set free, brought near, made alive in Christ, and so much more. We have been created by God, and this for His pleasure. In John 15, Jesus says we are chosen, appointed, and that spiritually we are fruit-bearers.
We find our real identity as we read the word of God and recognize that He created us for the praise of His glory.(see Ephesians 1:12,14.)
Friend, if you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you recognize that you are not your own person. You are who He says you are, and you belong to the Heavenly Father who loves you with an everlasting love. He has a good plan for your life. Trust Him to reveal this to you as you delight in Him.
Who are you permitting to define who you are?
Heavenly Father, what a blessing it is to know that I am defined by You. May I look to You alone for approval and acceptance.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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Meet Our Contributor
Glenda Shouse is a devotion writer who is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Devotions Ministries, PresbyCan, The Upper Room, and other ministries.
She is Editor and a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a Contributing Author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Glenda’s prayer shawl ministry, Three-Strand Cord, focuses on imparting hope to ladies going through difficult times. Each recipient is gifted with a hand-crocheted or knitted prayer shawl. When possible, Glenda delivers these shawls personally and prays for each individual.
Those who know Glenda well are aware of her gifting as a prayer warrior. She is a powerhouse of prayer because she has a close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Glenda is passionate about praying.
In her spare time, Glenda enjoys her role as “Grammy” to her two grandsons. She also enjoys reading, crocheting, and knitting.
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