I love to make people laugh. I probably love it too much.
When preaching if I make a joke and it bombs I feel as if the talk bombed. I’m aware of this and working on not allowing it to jack up my self image, but I wanted to share with you.
It’s so funny to me the things we find our acceptance in. It comes out in small little ways.
For some it’s having others think they have it all together. For others it’s in a job or title. For some it’s in what people say about them.
As a Christian we have to fight against finding our identity in self. The truth is everything let’s you down.
For the Christian our identity is found in who Jesus is and not what we do.
You are so much more than your looks.
You are so much more than your smarts.
You are so much more than a job.
You are so much more than a label.
You are a child of God.
I love to make people laugh, but it’s been a mask that comes from insecurity.
I remember one of the first jobs I had in ministry. I had moved away from home and hung out with a group of students for an event. I couldn’t be myself. I clammed up and was incredibly shy. I kept saying to myself, “I just need to preach because then they will get to know me.”
Essentially what I was saying was people won’t like me unless they see what I’m good at. If I can’t make them laugh or inspire them by preaching then I have nothing to offer.
That’s a lie.
I’m more than a sermon.
Finding what your identity is in is not difficult if you look. A little introspection will show you what you find your worth in.
If it’s anything but Jesus you will find a train wreck of drama.
A misplaced identity leads to misplaced emotions. We freak out when our identity is attacked. Things that shouldn’t be a big deal become incredibly personal and dramatic.
A little comment from a three year old about your cooking can wreck you if your identity is in being a great cook.
A comment about how great someone else is will wreck you if your identity is rooted in people’s opinions of you.
Jesus commanded His disciples to die to themselves. We discover who we truly are when we die to who we think we have to be to get others to like us. Through death we find identity in Jesus. When we believe that we are valuable outside of what we do we are then able to have true relationships.
Until then we give most people a facade of who we really are.
What do you find your identity in?