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IDENTITY

NATALIE BARENTSON

Genesis 1: 27 & 31

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good….

“You are handcrafted.” Sometimes I have a really hard time believing that this can be true. How can I, with all my flaws and mistakes, be anyone’s handcrafted masterpiece? If anything, maybe I am just the handcrafted scribblings of a toddler as they learn to maneuver a crayon across the paper for the first time. With all of my shortcomings, how can I be anyone’s joy-filled creation? Let alone the God of the Universe’s?!

Have you ever felt this way? Do you ever feel like you don’t quite measure up? I get that. As I wrestled with these thoughts, God began to show me that we can take him at his word. What He says is true. What He promises is sure. So, if that is the case, then you must be more than you think you are.

To the God who spoke the world into motion, you are worthy. To Him, you are loved. You are chosen, beautifully designed; you serve a significant purpose. To the very same God who created humankind with his own hands, you are delightful. You are forgiven. You are a masterpiece. You are not defined by this world because your Creator gave you a purpose that cannot be contained by this world. You are His handcrafted, not mistaken nor forsaken, masterpiece.

QUESTION 1. What words used above to describe you do you have a hard time believing?
QUESTION 2. How have you allowed your identity to be shaped?
CHALLENGE: Write down three words that God uses to describe you, somewhere where you can see it daily.