This topic is adapted from the Cleon Alleyne YouTube channel.
A question everyone asks is, “Who am I?” We all desire to know how we fit in and ultimately what our value is in the world. Are we what we do or what we’ve achieved? Are we defined more by what we’ve done right or what we’ve done wrong? Does it matter more how we see ourselves or how others see us? These are all common questions people ask in their quest to figure out their identity or value.
Knowing our identity is important because it determines how we live our lives. If we think we’re defined by our achievements, we will do more and more to find our value. If we think our identity is defined by other’s opinions of us, we will do anything to please others. Both of those can be dangerous and destructive.
What really matters is God’s opinion. He has given us value because he calls us his children. He has given us value because he died for us. When we put our faith in Jesus, we become like new people. We no longer have to live for ourselves. We can live to honor God and fulfill the unique plan he as for our lives. Our identity is no longer about us; our achievements and the things we do. It’s all about living for Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- What are some of the things you have allowed to define you? Why?
- What are the dangers of only allowing our achievements or other’s opinions define us?
- Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. What does it mean that we become “new creations” in Christ?
- Read Ephesians 1:4. What does it mean to you to know that you are a child of God? How does that help you answer the question, “Who am I?”
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.