Identity Thief: Don't Protect Yourself


Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.
Isaiah 43:1

I usually don't dress in costume on October 31st. I make some lame remark to my kids, accompanied by an uncomfortable chuckle, about my being dressed as a mom. Truth is I just don't want one more thing to do in my week.

But I got inspired by this blog to dress up this year...as an identity thief. At first it was just a fun, inexpensive way to give my family and friends a grin but as I thought about it, I realized it was a part of who I've allowed myself to be.

That teenage girl who lived a double life to please both her parents and her friends.

The young wife who cooked, cleaned, washed and worked to win her husband's approval.

The older mom who worries and stresses over meeting the demands of four daughters.

I let accomplishments and approval define who I am but Jesus came to be my identity thief. He took all names I would call myself and all the lame attempts at who I would try to be apart from Him to the cross. 

He assured me that there was one who came to steal but He had come to give me abundant life.

I capture the abundance He freely offers when I open my ears to His voice. He gently calls me a new name - 

Daughter
Cherished
Apple of His Eye
Dearly Loved
Chosen

Will you continue to protect yourself? Or will you let the Identity Thief tell you who He truly created you to be?

14 comments:

  1. Love the costume!

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    1. Yes I plan to do that. My next move is to combine my two sites into one and use it for that purpose. Thanks for the affirmation! :)

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  2. Powerful, my friend! Oh that we might walk labeled only by what He says we are! Easy to say...harder to do, at times. Blessing as you take hold of your identity in Him! ~ jen

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    1. Definitely hard to do. Praying for us both!

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  3. I love the fact that you said 'you're in a mom costume' :) I have to try that.
    But thanks for the reminder that we are already dressed in His grace and to serve His purpose, no identity theft, here.

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    1. My hubby is definitely the fun one in this regard. He dresses as Superman every year...and of course I say he's not even wearing a costume... ;)

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  4. What a cool concept of Jesus as our "Identity Thief". Or perhaps as out "False Identity Thief", although that doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

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  5. All part of my journey. In becoming Who He Intended for me to be. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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    1. So happy to hear you too have been on this journey! Hooray!

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  6. You put that so well. Letting Christ be my identity thief is just what I want. Hopefully it will be obvious to everyone who knows me.

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  7. Very encouraging!

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