How many of you had your world turned upside down this year? I can’t imagine any of us will look back and say: “Wow, 2020! What a great year that was!”
This was the year that I (get this) left the corporate radio world after 28 years in the business. It has been quite a big adjustment. To top it off we moved to Nevada, a place where nobody knows my name!
One of the reasons I quit my job is because I was allowing it to define who I was. It was shaping my identity.
Here is the thing, our identity will always be shaped by someone or some-thing. What is that person or thing for you? Like me, maybe it’s your job. Perhaps it’s your possessions. Maybe it’s a difficult past you can’t seem to shake.
1 John 2:15-17 says: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. It anyone loves the world the love of the father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh (those are things like addictions) the lust of the eyes (things like envy, greed, and always needing more) and the pride of life (things like selfish ambition) is not of the Father but of the world. And the world is passing away and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
However, when John says: “For God so loved the world He gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16), the world he is referring to is humanity, you and I. The word world comes from the Greek word cosmos which has several different meanings.
When we are told not to love the world, John is referring to the systems of the world naturally set up against God.
When we allow ourselves to be defined by these systems, we are in the enemy’s realm. This is where Satan wants us to be, caught up in his systems-confused, scared, and hopeless.
You see, our identity cannot come from the world. Why? It is because the world can never redeem us.
But God can redeem us because He is our true Father and His Kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36). Here is something even more amazing. Have you ever thought about how relational the Bible is? Almost the entire Bible is about the relationship between God and all of humanity. His plan to redeem us begins in Genesis 3:15 and continues all the way through Revelation.
So how do we apply this to our lives? How can we find our identity in Christ while we still live in this world that is getting crazier by the minute?
I invite you to join me on a 6-week identity exploration course I put together that launches October 19th.
In this course we will explore identity and what it is. We will examine things that shape our identity that we may or may not be aware of; uncover complex identity shapers like family dynamics or childhood trauma; and explore the systems of the world that are keeping us stuck, and learn how we can get un-stuck.
If you would like to join me on this exploration click this link to register https://jodiestevens.org/courses/learn-your-god-given-identity-through-redemption/ . It’s going to be an awesome journey.