4 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:4-5

What’s the difference between identity and self worth?

Self-worth is feeling-based, and identity is truth-based.

In other words, self-worth is about how you feel about yourself; identity, however, is about knowing who you really are. Identity is healthy self-awareness. It comes from accepting what God reveals about you in Christ, of who you are and what you have in Him. If you trust your feelings more than you trust what God says about you, you will become preoccupied with an insatiable need to feel good about yourself all the time. Often this leads to a sense of failure, personal rejection and an inordinate sensitivity to criticism.

Identity is more important than self-worth.

Everything about your identity is wrapped around God’s purpose. In short, your identity defines your destiny. God chose Jeremiah to be a prophet before he was conceived or even formed in his mother’s womb. The man wasn’t chosen because he was special—he was special, and that’s why he was chosen. Jeremiah’s “specialness” was not about his gifts or talents, family background or social status, or even educational level or career choice, but it hinges on God who created him.

Since your identity comes from God, the closer you draw to Him, the clearer you will become of your identity. The need for self-worth is a relentless quest but becoming the person God made you comes by resting on God’s grace.


© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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