When you know who you are, I mean really know who you are, and own it and celebrate it and rejoice in it, in all of who you are, you can be all of who you are!

Without fanfare. Without pressure. Without trying or pushing or striving or proving.

When you know who you are, you can be you – joyfully, purposefully, passionately you!

Think of employers or leaders or parents or friends. People who know who they are. Who don’t lord their position or influence over people, but who instead serve them.

Humbly. Out of love. Out of being. Out of identity.

People who’s joy it is to love. Who’s joy it is to serve. Who’s joy it is to influence and bring about change, even when that means pain or loss or suffering or death.

When you think about identity, about real, joy-filled identity, think about Jesus!

He didn’t consider His life, or His reputation, something to hold onto at any cost. He didn’t try to prove who He was or make-up who He was. He didn’t try to force people to listen or love or believe or follow.

He simply was Himself. Every moment of every day. Walking and living and healing and loving. Speaking truth and living truth. Able to accurately represent who His Father was, because He knew who He was.

And we can be the same!

When we give our lives wholeheartedly through Jesus, our identity is set!

By our Heavenly Father. By His embrace. By His declaration of truth: This is my beloved child, in whom I am well-pleased. 

Yes, your salvation through Jesus Christ creates your joy-filled identity!

You are now a beloved child of the King! You are a forever part of a forever family!

A family who loves you. Who rejoices with you. Who cheers you on and celebrates your victory!

Yes, salvation creates joy-filled identity!

Celebrate yours, and all those around you, today!

Look at how much encouragement you’ve found in your relationship with the Anointed One! You are filled to overflowing with His comforting love. You have experienced a deepening friendship with the Holy Spirit and have felt His tender affection and mercy. Philippians 2:1 TPT

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20 NLT

And a voice from heaven said, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17