This post dedicated to a dear friend of mine. Her name is Miss T. She is so very precious to me; she was one of the very first people that started to reveal to me what it looked like to be ALWAYS confident in her identity in Christ Jesus. She was comfortable, easygoing, fun, adventurous, happy, and SO content. Teddy is a precious sister in the Lord Jesus who taught me more than she’ll probably ever know. Teddy taught me the value of discovering your identity as a NEW creature in Christ, that that identity no matter your circumstances will NEVER change. It won’t change based on your feelings or what other people say about you. It won’t change based on your body size or the amount of money you make.
That’s why IDENTITY is so core to the talk about recovering from an eating disorder. I daresay that it’s foundational.
This leads me to an exciting blogger collaboration I’m beginning with Kat from Kat’s 9 Lives and Naomi From Naomi Why Roots. Each time we get together to share posts with you we are going back to the foundations of identity, discovering whose we are in Christ Jesus. (I’m also linking up with Jamie for Sunday Thoughts and Lori for Moments of Hope too!
What does it mean if we are the new creature in Christ, the redeemed, the broken who have been made new, redeemed from hell and damnation, redeemed to love God and spend eternity with Him?
This is something that has revolutionized the way I’ve looked at recovery, my body, what others think of my body, and why I eat, exercise, and live everyday.
It changes the whole perspective of everything. It all has to start with discovering Who Christ Jesus is and why He matters to you and to me.
Today’s passage that I’m focusing on is from 1st John 1:1-4, ‘ That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that youra] joy may be full.’
God is amazing. God is not a being that I can fully explain to you, but He is real and personal. Jesus was the Word of Life, is the Word of Life revealed to us. He cares about the sinners on this earth, and that’s why He sent His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus was the Word of Life; the Word of Life that dark world desperately needed.
We needed to walk with God. But the Fall in the garden changed that; we fell from that. I know I share this so much, and I’m going to continue to share it because it’s so foundational to the brokenness, the darkness you see in the world.
The darkness is an evidence of what we are without God.
We need God. We need to worship God; because He made us to glorify Him!
Jesus brought that reality back to mankind. He brought back that reality that we needed an identity, an identity based in Who God is and who we are; needy people that need God’s favor, God’s mercy on our souls.
And I felt that burden on my soul; that I was wretched and broken, like I didn’t even know how to pray, what to say, what to do. I felt lost especially during my eating disorder. I think it was the turning point. It was the turning point of beginning to realize that I needed God’s mercy on my soul. I needed Jesus; I didn’t just need to talk about Jesus. I needed to believe that Jesus Christ came to save me, a wretched sinner who didn’t glorify God, out of my sin filled, self glorifying identity.
Jesus changed me. Jesus saved me. That’s the only reason I ultimately recovered and am recovering. I’ve realized that no matter what Jesus does not change, and I am in Christ. So I will not change in my worth or my identity.
And this passage. This passage is super humbling from Deuteronomy 7. ‘
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people thatare upon the face of the earth.
‘The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;’ (Deuteronomy 7:7-9)
Because of who God is in His mercy, because He chooses to show His mercy on those whom He wills, I am secure. I am secure because of discovering more and more of Who He is; He is unchanging, merciful, just, and good to all who call upon Him!
Have you ever struggled with discovering your identity (feeling like it keeps changing because of circumstances and feelings?)
How have you been discovering the freedom and security and steadfastness of identity in Christ?