18 Nov 2017 Revealing our secret identity
by Laurie Green
We’ve all seen them, the ever so popular movies where the wimpy and often mistreated, overly mild mannered “good guy” steps into a quiet spot and his hidden identity is revealed. Be it a guy in a telephone booth or a woman who spins in circles to transform, the plot remains the same.
Who they were before is now transformed into someone who is empowered and different once their hidden identity is revealed. It’s the stuff Hollywood movies are made of, but recently I discovered that we all have a powerful, life altering identity that just like in the movies, often remains hidden until we decide to “reveal” it’s secret powers.
I am blessed to attend a wonderful and life giving church called New Life. Each year in September, our church rolls out the red carpet for a huge event geared especially toward the ladies of the house. It’s a weekend full of worship, guest speakers and life changing experience. For me personally, it was a weekend of finding my hidden identity…a daughter to The King, a princess who is an heir to The Throne, a warrior “fully equipped” to engage in battle and most importantly (to me) a name revealed as Beloved.
The thing is I’ve been a follower of Jesus for quite a long time now. I pray the prayers and I walk the walk (for the most part) but until that women’s event, I somehow missed a big piece of following Jesus…my identity in and through Him. I was going through the normal everyday motions, but I wasn’t stepping out and declaring who I was through Jesus each day. Let me offer you some serious and helpful advice. If you are worried or you care more about what others think of you, you’ve not realized your true identity just yet. If you try to please people and you never feel good enough, yep you guessed it, you still don’t know who you are yet. The list goes on and on, but today, as you read this, my prayer is you step in the quiet place, you spin those circles and you loudly proclaim WHO you are in Christ!
As I sat at that conference and listened to the lovely Michelle Bezet speak, something just clicked. We watched a clip from “Wonder Woman” where she steps out and declares in a loud, bold voice “who” she is and what her purpose is. Michelle asked us what kind of life would we live if we stepped outside each morning and boldly proclaimed, “I am a daughter of The King! I will fulfill every purpose which He has set forth for me to fulfill!” Seriously, what would happen? That next morning, I decided to literally do this. There from the front steps of my porch, I raised my hands up toward heaven and I boldly proclaimed, “I am a daughter to The King and I will fulfill every purpose which He has set forth for me to do today!”
Funny thing is, I haven’t stopped doing it. For two weeks now, I get up and make my proclamation. My sweet husband, Will, even joins me to make our early morning announcement. The more we say it out loud, the more we have tapped into our previously hidden identity.
Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” For me, it’s impossible to look at this truth in scripture and not realize that I am a daughter of The King and I was handcrafted by God to do things already prepared in advance.
There is a Godly confidence in realizing who you are in Christ. The moment you take God at His word and you trust Him with your day ahead is the moment you tap into your “hidden identity” and you can boldly face the day ready and prepared to make a difference to everyone around you.
Today may be just your day to reveal your hidden identity. So find that place, spin that circle, raise those hands and do what Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
A Greenbrier native, Laurie is the wife of Will Green. The two share seven children, five grandchildren and a golden retriever named Marlo. They own and operate a lawn care business and are members of New Life Church in Greenbrier. Laurie can be reached at [email protected]