The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
There are many messages that the world and popular media are sending our way. For example, you’re not skinny enough, you’re not tall enough, you’re not rich enough, athletic enough, smart enough, pretty enough, and the list can go no and on. In fact, by the end of day, we end up feeling horrible about ourselves because no one can live up to these worldly expectations. No one knows that better than the corporate world, which more often than not preys on your insecurities for their financial gain. You know the ads: buy this or that product and you will finally feel good about yourself, the ladies will be all over you, or the guys will not be able to resist you. The only problem is that once you purchase this or that product you quickly realize that the product wasn’t the answer to your problems. You don’t need to look any further than the fact that the companies are always putting out new and improved products every year because somehow last year’s products are no longer cutting it.
You may have heard the popular phrase, “the truth will set you free.” The truth is that we were never created to conform to this world, but rather to God. The truth is that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), far more precious than rubies (Proverbs 3:15). You are accepted, loved, wanted and significant to God. God has a purpose for you; he loves you for you, and he wants you to see yourself through his eyes. Don’t let the world steal the truth about who and who’s you are: rather, fall fully into the arms of Jesus and let him be the sole source of your identity.
How has the thief (i.e. the world, Satan) stolen or fed you lies about your true identity according to God? If you were to describe yourself, how would you do it? Would you say you’re beautiful, loved, wanted, and accepted by God?
Being honest with yourself, would you say that your identity is found more in God or in what your peers say to and about you? Explain.
We challenge you to let God take command of your life. Let God be the one who gives you your identity and live free knowing that you’re loved, wanted and significant!