3 Important Identity Statements you need to remember.

3 Important Identity Statements you need to remember.

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

God made you to bring joy to others. God made you with a specific personality, with certain gifts, skills, talents, abilities, likes and dislikes, and God knew that the world needed someone like you at this time, with everything you have to contribute, encourage, bless and inspire others.

Many times we forget how special we are. Maybe you didn’t grow up with someone who saw the best in you, or maybe friends or colleges only saw your faults. Maybe you made mistakes and you find it hard to like who you are because of your past.

The first time you meet somebody and introduce yourself, there are many things about you that are different, unique and unlike anyone else. As we discover what is unique about each other, we can really appreciate how deliberate God is in the way he made us.

These Identity Statements are important for us to remember, as it gives us a foundation for us to build our lives upon.

1.You are God’s handiwork

"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

This Identity Statement is a very important one. As we think about our personalities, strengths, skills and abilities, we realize how unique and beautiful each other of us is. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers, and we all look different and have different likes, tastes and talents, yet we all come from the same mum and dad.

God created you. He loves you. He made you to achieve a specific purpose. You are not an accident and nothing in your life has happed by chance. Its important to remind ourselves of this statement every day.

Have you every seen a abstract painting? I saw a beautiful one this week and it was colourful, unique and so beautiful. It was the handiwork of an amazing artist. It was a one of a kind painting. We are like that painting. God is the painter, and we are his masterpiece.

2. You are loved

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end, they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness” Lamentations 3:22-23

I heard a beautiful story of a man’s faithful love for his wife. The man wrote a love letter to his wife every single day that they were married, until he passed away. He wanted the first thing that his wife read in the morning to be a letter from him, expressing his love for her. She never doubted the way he felt about her, because he told her every day, in his letters.

Our Heavenly Father loves us, and his mercy for us is fresh every morning. If you ever doubt whether God loves you, his Word is full of his declarations of love. Just like that man who wrote a love letter to his wife every day, God’s word is like a love letter to you.

Just like the sun comes up every day, we can be confident that every morning God is faithful, and that whatever your day holds, he has everything you need. You can feel secure in his love for you.

When we know that we are loved by God and secure in that love, we can freely love others.

3.You are valuable to God

"Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:26

I watched a video the other day about precious gemstones. It was very interesting that the more rare the gemstone is, the more expensive it is. Some gemstone are very valuable, and there are only a certain amount of them in the world. Many gemstones are not even used, they are in a locked display cabinet for people to admire. While I was watching the video, it made me think about how we are like God's gemstones.

What you have to offer is valuable. Your life experience is important, your testimony is important, your gifts are important. God needs all of us to use what he has given us to bless others.

Its easy to look at what other people have and compare ourselves. Sometimes it even makes us not want to contribute. Even our smallest gift to offer is valuable.

We each have something special to offer others. It could be your gift of hospitality, it could be your smile, your creativity or your voice. When we know how God thinks of us, we can offer what he has given us to others.

How can you use what God has given to you to bless others this week?