God has a wonderful, world-changing, custom-made plan for your life. Seriously.
Your family, your faith and your life will be stronger when you discover the beautiful truth of who you really are. Your true identity can't be found by "looking within yourself" for the answers. Your identity can only be found by looking to the One who Created you. Here are seven important principles God wants you to know about yourself:
1. You are Loved
One of the most mind-blowing realities the Bible teaches is that the God of the Universe loves us! He loves you so much He sent His only Son Jesus to rescue you and bring you home.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
2. You need a Savior
We've all "sinned" (blown it) and we need the grace Jesus makes possible. He desires to be the Savior of your Soul, the Leader of your Life, your guide and your friend. Without Him, your life will never be what God intended it to be. With Him, you can experience all God has for you. Jesus did not come to make you religious; He came to make you alive!
"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
3. You are a Masterpiece
You might now feel like it, but how you feel doesn't change who you are! God's sees you as a one-in-a-trillion priceless Masterpiece created in His Own Image. The Mona Lisa has got nothing on You!
"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10
4. You can be made new
Once you trust Jesus for forgiveness, your sins are no longer counted against you, so don't live in regret! You are not defined by what you've done. God never measures our value by what we've done or by what's been done to us, but by what He has done for us on the Cross. God's Grace takes away our sin and makes us a New Creation so we can live in freedom and peace.
"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
5. You are not Alone
We all have those moments where we feel lonely and abandoned, but even in your darkest hour, God is with you. He has never left your side and He never will.
"...God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Hebrews 13:5
6. You are part of God's Family
Our faith in Christ brings us adoption into God's family. You are literally a Son or Daughter of God and an heir in His Eternal Kingdom.
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1
7. You can have a Home in Heaven
Jesus is preparing a place just for you. A perfect place awaits where the trouble and pain of this life will be no more and you'll celebrate forever with your Savior and all of God's Family!
""Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." John 14:1-3
This article was originally published on Patheos. It has been republished here with permission.