How Worship and Identity Intertwine


How do you see yourself?

How does God see you?

It’s always hard to see ourselves as God sees us. After all, we have to live with ourselves, and we see all our own flaws.

But God knows us better than we know ourselves and yet still loves us with a passion.

How do we get a glimpse of God’s love for ourselves, and what does all this have to do with worship?

Our view of ourselves is often spiteful of God’s creation. When we see ourselves as ugly, fat, thin, annoying, etc., we are actively working against God’s creation. For we were created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26), and we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14).

Our worship of God is affected when we don’t have a high view of God’s creation. If we don’t have a proper view of ourselves, we won’t have a proper view of God. And not having a proper view of God surely hinders our worship.

Maintaining and prioritizing our identity in Christ is key to worship. When we have a proper understanding of who we are in Christ, we will see God for who He is.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

A proper view of our identity is found in submission to Christ.

John 1 implies that Christ is eternal, and the main Being which created us and holds us together (John 1:1–5).

We are Christ’s workmanship and must see ourselves as such. To not do so is to deny Christ’s workmanship or think of ourselves as higher than we are in implying that we could do better.

It’s important to note that exercise and dieting are not denials of Christ’s workmanship of our body in and of themselves. However, an unhealthy approach to dieting and exercise does. Usually, we can tell the difference but not always. The Holy Spirit is a good helper in understanding who we are in Christ.

So take some time this week to reorient who you are in Christ. Re-establish your identity in God and a heart for worship will grow.

Steve Dragswolf

Hi, my name is Steve Dragswolf. I am Hidatsa born in North Dakota and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My heart is for the indigenous of the Americas. I am passionate about literacy and native culture. Connect @dragswolf

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