Knowing your identity is a hot topic right now. I’ve seen it repeatedly in blog posts and books, and it has also popped up in my ladies Bible study at church. We are going through the Word Writers Study of James by Denise J. Hughes right now, and Day 16 brings up this thought of identity while discussing the importance of being cultivators of peace.
James 3:17-18 says, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”
Bitterness and envy stem from ungodly wisdom. The world says to push your way to the top. Be the best no matter what. But godly wisdom is gracious to others, wishing them all the best in their endeavors.
In the study, the author compares James and Paul. James was called to lead the church in Jerusalem, while Paul preached to the Gentles. They each had their own call from the Lord to the people He placed before them. They were secure in their calling and found their identity in that call of God. They didn’t have to compete with one another because they each had their own job to do.
Knowing your identity is the way to rise above the competition and comparison game. When we know who we are in Him – His child, His creation, His beloved – we can rest secure in His call on our lives and support others in their calling.
- Has He called you to be a mother or father? Rest in that and don’t compare your family to others. Rejoice in their success and celebrations.
- Has He called you to be a writer? Stand strong that He will give you words to share on the page. Your own words, not the words of others. Cheer others on in their writing journey. God is doing a new thing in each person.
- Has He called you to lead in a ministry? Then lead with confidence that He is supporting you and will give you the wisdom to do so. Don’t get your feelings hurt when another person has more people flock to their ministry. God has just the right people coming to yours…the people who need what you have to offer.
Your identity is rooted in your Creator. You are a child of God and given a role in the life you lead. Live boldly in that calling, stepping out in faith toward the path He has set before you. And while you are at it, cheer on those around you as they move forward in their calling.
Loving Him and serving others is by far the best calling of all.
Have you found it difficult to cheer others on? Do you find your identity lost amid competing and comparison? What are you doing to find your true identity?
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