The Mentoring Manifesto, Vol. 69: Why Identity Matters
Why do we care so much about identity? Because we don’t know who we are, and we want someone with credibility to tell us.
Beginning in early childhood, our parents start to ascribe our identity. “See how smart she is? “Watch how fast he can run!” Or maybe you heard words ascribing different identities. “You can’t do anything right!”
As we get older, our identity is ascribed by outsiders: teachers, classmates, coaches, and friends. Then along comes marriage, kids, and career to ascribe different versions of our identity. “He’s a great dad.” “She’s a businesswoman.” Or “She’s been married before.” “Wasnt he just laid off again.”
But for Jesus-followers, our identity is ascribed to us when we accept God’s invitation to be adopted into His family. From that day forward, we’re children of the King of Kings! That’s our true identity, ascribed by Almighty God!
If we choose to live in our ultimate, true identity as beloved sons and daughters of the Living God, all the other identities ascribed to us by others don’t matter as much. Nothing anyone can say trumps our identity as an adopted child of God, who is our perfect Father.
Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He forgives us, listens to our prayers, guides our hearts, and never leaves us. That’s one of the most important, and maybe the most important, messages we can impart to our mentees. The resources below with help you and your mentees believe and live into the identity ascribed to you by your Heavenly Father.
IDENTITY: A FIVE-DAY READING PLAN
What we believe about ourselves shapes our identities. We each carry around false beliefs that impact how we view ourselves and rob us of a more fulfilling life. This 5-day reading plan covers common false beliefs we have and the true beliefs that need to replace them.
THE FIRST STEP IN KNOWING WHO YOU ARE
We all feel pressure to different degrees. When that happens, our identities can become tied to our achievements. But in this article and podcast, author Jennie Allen reminds us that God doesn’t want you to do more or achieve more. He is after a relationship with you.
Read the article and/or listen to the episode here.
IDENTITY OR THEOLOGY?
Which comes first, believing in God or knowing about God? In this blog post, RM founder Regi Campbell explains how grasping our identities as adopted children of God changes everything. And how living out of that identity should then launch our pursuit to know God and learn more about Him.
Read the entire blog post here.
THINGS ABOVE PODCAST: CALLED
In this episode, author James Bryan Smith shares a story explaining how God doesn’t call the qualified but rather qualifies the called. Grace is opposed to earning, not effort. When we realize God chose us and gives us grace, that should inspire effort on our part.
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