I am loved. Jesus loves me, this I know. It’s such a simple message, but it shines its light to the very core of our being. Jesus brings the reality of God to my life. He tells me who I am.
The One in charge of all things, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, loves me. There is no why or how, there is just the simple fact of His love. In relationship with Him, I find myself. I am someone who is loved. I am special and valuable and worthy—all because of Him.
You see, it really doesn’t matter what I think of myself. Most of us think worse of ourselves than we should, I suppose. Some think too highly of themselves. But I will never consider an identity I have chosen for myself to be valid because identity needs confirmation. Identity is established in relationship.
When I look past others like me because their perspective is too much like my own, and I look past the untouchable ideas of the Universe or Nature or, in some cases, God, because I can’t hear their judgments of me—then I still look for a Person. That Person is Jesus, God in human flesh. There is so much about Him that I do not and can not understand, but I know that I can live in relationship with Him. He accepts me and I discover who I am.
I am who I am in Him. Chosen, loved, accepted, valued—that’s me!
The search for identity is fulfilled in relationship with Jesus. Please notice that I say nothing about religion or faith or performance. When I see Him as a Person and understand how He sees me as a person, that’s when it all begins. Religion can give rules and doctrines, but not a relationship. Many who claim to be His don’t know Him. That’s what He said would happen.
But to those who come to Him, to those He gives rest. “Come unto me all you who are weak and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) That’s what He said. Rest from work? Hardly. Rest from spiritual striving? Sure, but there’s more. This is rest for our souls. Rest from the search. Rest from the unknowing. Rest from the fear and anxiety of wondering who we really are. The answer is found in Him.
Please also notice that this answer is not something that can be found outside of Him. You might discover what He thinks of you, the fact, but it will not satisfy until it is found in Him. Identity is lived in relationship.
In Jesus I found myself. I finally learned the truth about who I am. Now—if I can but remember—I can live forever in peace.