Article by Shannon Goforth
“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2
The laundry was done, the dishes were put away, I was sitting on the couch looking at our beautiful home and thinking about my amazing “new” marriage and my wonderful husband...yet, there was still this emptiness inside.
Why did I feel this way, even though I had this exciting new life, in a new town, with a new husband? I soon came to the realization that none of those things could fill a certain void in my life.
God, in His grace, showed me that I was looking to my marriage for my worth and identity. Thankfully, over the course of several months, He redirected my focus to where it belonged.
Maybe you’re not like me, and didn’t look to your marriage for identity. But there are so many other things to which we attach our value:
If I can just get that promotion for my job, then I'll have made it.
Maybe if I use this filter on Instagram, then I'll get more likes.
If only I could be like that mom, then maybe I wouldn't feel like such a failure.
Maybe if I just had more friends, then I wouldn’t feel so lonely.
Those are just a few example; but your marriage, your achievements, and your social status do not determine who you are. God’s Word and work determine who you are. And if you are united to Christ by faith, you are a beloved daughter of the King of Glory.
In Christ you are redeemed and forgiven. You are loved and adored by the King. And you have the approval of the only One Who really matters.
Sometimes life doesn't go the way we planned. That boy doesn't like you back, or God has a different plan regarding your job. Maybe we don't have that picture perfect life we always dreamed about. And there are times where you’ll just never “measure up.” But that’s okay, because Christ measured up for you.
So stop looking to your behavior or accomplishments to find identity, and start looking unto Jesus. In Him, you are loved and adored by the King, and nothing can satisfy you like He can.