I've talked before about identity crises in the body of Christ. We often lose sight of who we really are and what really makes us who we are. I felt that familiar attack of the enemy early this morning. Fear and anxiety came at me as I let my thoughts run away with themselves. I am Jessika. I have a job that I enjoy that in reality is just a tool for what I really love to do and that's where the enemy found vulnerability this morning. Jessika if you're not a teacher/coach then what are you? That's where all your time is. That's how God uses you in ministry. That's the only way you will ever touch lives. Your sole identity is as a teacher/coach. So, with thoughts like that of course panic comes, if I think, well what if I'm not a teacher? Then I'm... nothing.
Now, don't get me wrong, I don't mind one of my "roles" being a teacher/coach, but that is not who I am. As I walk out of the school building each day I still have purpose and identity. The truth is all of us have an identity apart from the roles that we play. Any day God could call us to another job, another city, another realm of influence, another group of people, etc. Our sphere of influence is nothing more than that and our identity is found in Christ.
At my very core, I am a Daughter. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. My identity is that I am His and He is mine. He loves me and He guides my path. I can claim nothing great about myself other than I'm loved by Him. Any success I have is because He loves me and that's enough to make me pretty awesome.
Cast down thoughts and imaginations that reduce your purpose to a job title, a relationship status, a location. Your highest purpose is to know Him.
Be Blessed, J. Tate