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  • Writer's pictureJ.D. King

Jesus Shows a Surprising Path to Establishing a Healthy Identity

Pain and heartache are everywhere. Many come into adulthood from troubled backgrounds. They’re struggling because of their broken families and a loss of identity.

Over the years, I’ve met many agonizing over father issues and the fallout from splintered families. Disillusionment and suffering are commonplace. Many are processing feelings of inadequacy and fear due to strained relationships.

It may surprise you to hear this, but Jesus contended with similar issues as he walked earth. Our gracious savior was ridiculed and accused of illegitimacy. Sadly, Jesus even experienced mockery from His immediate family (Mark 3:21).

Circumstances weren’t easy for Jesus. He was frequently dishonored and renounced. After inviting Jesus as a guest to his home, a prominent Jewish leader dishonored him. Reflecting on this incident, Jesus said, “I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet . . . You did not give me a kiss” (Luke 7:44a, 45a).

Despite the criticism and rejection, Jesus flourished. The Bible declares that his identity came not from the natural, but from the Heavenly order. Although harassed on earth, Jesus received the following words from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11).

The Son of Man maintained a healthy identity because of His abiding relationship with His Father. As He pressed into heaven’s glory, his earthly role became clear. This made all the difference in His life.

Jesus shows us that marvelous things unfold as one embraces “sonship.” An unshakable identity doesn’t come from striving, the acquisition of money, or even fame. It develops from an intimate connection with the Heavenly Father.

Amid alienation and duress, rediscover the value of “sonship.” Outside of a shared sense of family, you’ll never grow into who you’re called to be. The Bible stresses that “God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’ So, you are no longer a slave, but God’s child” (Galatians 4:6-7).

Let go of your anxiety and fear. The Lord is offering something that could transform the world. It is time to establish your identity in the only place it can truly be found—the family of God.

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