Identity and purpose

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1.5

How awe-inspiring is the formation of a baby in the womb! When our first child was born, the nurse brought him to our room. He was crying and was not very happy at all. However, upon hearing his father’s voice, he calmed down immediately and quit crying. He recognized his father’s voice from when he was in the womb.

In Jeremiah 1.5, God is speaking to Jeremiah. He was set apart before birth to be a prophet to the nations. It was his identity.

What is our identity today? If you are a Christian, your identity is in Jesus Christ. Just as Jeremiah’s identity gave him a purpose, our identity has a purpose. We are to proclaim the virtues of the one who called us out of darkness into light, 1 Peter 2.9. We are to go to all the world to share the good news about salvation, Matthew 28.19-20. Are you fulfilling your purpose?

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