Imagine a child getting ready before school. Imagine it’s cold outside—cold and windy and raining. Now imagine that, before she heads off for the day, the girl’s parents give her a brand new jacket. And when she goes outside, she feels warm in it. It’s comfortable, she feels safe in it. Immediately, she loves that jacket.
But imagine that the girl begins to wear it everywhere, all the time—even when the seasons change and the months grow warmer. She wears it because the jacket comes to represent goodness and security, and she looks to it for those things, rather than to her parents. Imagine that she begins to lose sight of the fact that the jacket was just a material thing provided in season and that what truly keeps her safe and secure is a relationship with two loving parents—who provide for her every need in thousands of ways, some seen, many unseen.
Holy Spirit says, “Your identity can be shaped by many things: your ideas, your choices in how you spend your time, your material possessions—what you own and what you don’t own. And these things can be devices, used by the enemy to influence how you feel about yourself—how you quantify and qualify your worth, and other people’s worth, too. I am not saying material possessions are bad. I am saying that they don’t define who you are. And they can distract you from caring about what actually matters—your heart, how you love people, how you are kind, how you are gentle, how you worship and pursue Me.”
Listen to “The Trappings of Identity.”