As human beings, most of our sense of personal identity is found through relationship with someone or something else.
Typically, people try to determine positive personal identity through their appearance, their job, their talents and abilities, family relationships, friends, and even denominational affiliation. But in all these things we are building our house upon a shaky foundation because these things can change with the wind.
For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever. (1 Peter 1:24-25)
We can lose our job. Our appearance can change. Our friends may reject us. Our talents and abilities may decline with age or injury. All of these things are temporary and can eventually be shaken apart.
And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. (Hebrews 12:26.27)
There is only one way to determine our identity that cannot be shaken. And that is through the Word of God. And the Word of God says that by faith we are now children of God! All lasting positive personal identity is found through that relational truth.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12,13)
God’s original plan for mankind, as initiated with Adam and Eve, was that we would realize that our identity is determined entirely by the fact that man was created in God’s image and through the unhindered realization of God’s unconditional love for us.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)
Mankind was originally designed to discover a sense of personal value and purpose through the fact that we are created in the image of God. And this is the kind of relationship that God is trying to re-establish with us. A relationship where we would not feel that we need to compete in order to feel acceptable – where there would be no problems with feelings of low self-esteem, low self-worth, jealousy, insecurity etc.
The truth is, that only one eternal and unshakable relational truth could ever actually determine our personal worth or value to God: We are His children, created in His Image and loved by Him unconditionally. And He is our Father!