Who Am I?

Daughter, sister, wife, mom, friend?

Student, teacher, medical professional, sales representative?

Missionary, church staff, volunteer, leader, advocate?

We constantly need to ask ourselves, Is who I am defined by my group of friends or family? Is it defined by my status, job, or leadership position?

The Christian answer is simple: be defined by who we are in Christ. Our identity is in Him—saved, adopted, and loved forever. But is it that simple? What gets in our way?

Temptation, as in the Garden of Eden and with Jesus in the wilderness, comes at us with words that attempt to repaint reality and cast doubt on the truth we know.

In the Garden of Eden, God made man in His own image and His likeness. It was good, and everything was whole. There was freedom, choice, meaningful work, togetherness, and the absence of shame.

Then Eve began to listen to the voice of someone other than her God—a different voice, a questioning voice, a lying voice. And she and her husband fell. They would then live in a world without the same freedom, without the same meaningful work, without the same level of togetherness in marriage, and with the presence of shame.

The people of the world would need a Savior to rescue them from this brokenness. He would come, as promised.

We live today in the same fingerprint of creation—the image of God, marred by sin—and are offered salvation. It isn’t just a fixing of the outside; it is a spiritual life born in a dead heart, a re-creating. And it changes everything.

God has given us a mission to reflect this life and this love to those around us and to the rest of the world. But we will continue to hear the untruthful voices.

In the wilderness Jesus heard the voice of the tempter. His identity was attacked. The tempter said, “If you are . . . ” He tried to cast doubt. And “If you will ­­___, then I will ___.” He promised something he could not deliver; he lied.

The tempter looks for a time when we are weak, casts doubt on our identity, and speaks promises he will not fulfill.

Jesus responded with truth and called out the lie. His identity is not formed by what others think of Him. His purpose is not changed with a false promise.

Having clarity based on God’s Word for both our identity and our missional purpose will carry us through the tempter’s questions. Jesus’ words will serve us well: “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’ ” (Matt. 4:10 NIV).

Think about these questions:

• What lies keep resurfacing in your ear?

• What verses do you claim for your identity in Christ?

• What helps you meditate on them when the attacks come?

• When you feel strong in your identity in Christ, what things on earth do you want to change?


Write me at LHarper@wmu.org. Let me know what you’re learning, how your group is going, and how I can pray for you.

Laura Harper is a new ministry consultant at WMU. She loves her family, coffee, chocolate, and all things missions.





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