I am convinced that almost every problem or struggle we face in life is connected to this larger conversation about our identity – who we are. Everything in our lives flow from our beliefs about ourselves, others and God.
In the Scripture, identity is strongly connected to naming. As a matter of fact, there are several instances in the Bible where God gives someone a new name.
- Abram (high father) became Abraham (father of multitudes)
- Sarai (my princess) to Sarah (mother of nations)
- Jacob (supplanter) to Israel (having power with God)
- Simon (God heard) to Peter (rock)
Names have meaning, identity and destiny. In many ways, they define or label us. We often suffer from a certain type of amnesia; we have forgotten who we are; we’re confused about our identity. We seek identity in our accomplishments, talents and/or giftings.
How have you named yourself? Who have you allowed to name you? Try on the name God Himself has for you: beloved. Rest in that reality.