You Belonged to Me Before You Belonged to Anyone Else

We all belong to someone: even if your life is so broken, you can only claim the foster system or the government, you are associated with another entity besides yourself. Sadly, we identity ourselves by tag lines that don’t give us a complete or accurate picture of who we truly are:_______’s spouse, ___________’s daughter, __________’s little sister, mother to________, a PK, MK, PhD, MFA, RN, someone’s secretary, someone’s assistant, etc.

These titles are part of what we do, but they aren’t who we are. If we allow these attachments to shape the whole of our status, we live with an inaccurate picture of our identity and can easily fall into lies. He defines who I am:

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The beauty of God’s involvement starts with design. He wrote the first chapters, painted the first strokes (Psalm 139:15-16, John 1:3, Is. 44:24), and He will put the finishing touches on what often appears to be mere messy splatters to us. Whether we involve Him in our stories or not, He is in everyone’s final pages (Heb. 9:27-28, Phil 2:10-11, Heb. 9:27, John 14:2-3,).

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“The way to get the inner security and courage for such an intimate relationship is to remember that a Christian’s ultimate confidence and self-worth come from having the Father’s strong love because we are in Christ. Christ names us–not our spouse or anyone else” (Timothy Keller, God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life).

So, if you feel tempted today to believe someone else has defined and dismissed you (maybe a boss, child, friend, co-worker, etc.), remember that what God says about us outlasts and overwhelms our fears, insecurities, and doubts. What He says about Himself and us reigns supreme. Hold onto that truth today.

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