Insecurity can wreak havoc on a leader’s effectiveness. After all, it’s tough to love followers and put their best interests in mind when you’re looking over your shoulder in self-protection mode. Nagging self-doubts grow into attempts for affirmation. The search for validation interferes with equipping others to succeed.
Next to knowledge of God, a knowledge of who you are—especially who you are in Christ—is by far the most important truth you can possess.
There is great freedom in knowing and appreciating your identity!
Do you know who you are in Christ? Study what the New Testament says about your position an Christ.
[F]or you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9, NLT).
- You belong to a family distinct from the common world, selected with kindness, favor, and love.
- You are granted the highest position and possess the dignity of showing the Lord’s majesty to the world.
- You are like God in character.
- You belong to God, and He’s given you His name.
And that’s just the beginning!
Take time to know who you are in Christ. “Knowing” means having an intimate personal connection, not merely being aware of facts and circumstances. When you know who you are in Christ, it is a powerful game-changer in life and as you lead.
When you know who you are, you know what to do.
If you follow the story of the British royal family, you know that William and Kate recently gave birth to Charlotte Elizabeth Diane Mount Batten-Windsor. This little girl will be trained as early as possible to live up to her name, so by the time she is in the public eye her actions will be automatic. She will know that she is a princess and she will know what she is supposed to do.
Kate, officially called “Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge” was not born into royalty. She had to take lessons, and I’m sure she is still learning how to behave. But she knows who she is and that there is a proper way befitting of royalty to do things.
Who are you? A royal, holy child deeply loved by God with all the rights and privileges.
You know what to do. Live like Jesus in this world; worship God and do His will. Show others the goodness of God, because He called us out of the darkness into His wonderful light.
Perhaps like the Duchess of Cambridge you’re still learning. Thankfully when you’re not sure what royalty looks like, there’s the Royal Manual—God’s Word—to consult.
When you know who you are, you have what it takes.
We may be royalty, but we live in a world in which we are not citizens. One day we’ll return to our heavenly home which is perfect, without sorrow, pain, sickness, or difficulties. But until then there are challenges around us. However, when you know that you know that you know that you a royal, holy child deeply loved by God with all the rights and privileges, you have a confidence that cannot be moved. You cannot be shaken when life gets hard.
Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39).
Knowing who we are does not mean we are superior to others. On the contrary, we are like Jesus who said that the greatest is to be servant of all. We use our position to serve and love others, to reveal God’s glory wherever we are.
When we know who we are, we live in God’s strength.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence (2 Peter 1:3).
Know who you are. Live, love, and lead as a favored child of the Most High God!