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Realizing Our Identity: Followers vs. Following

Faith Friends

Last week I discovered that Beth Moore started following me on Twitter.  If you are a Beth Moore fan you can imagine my initial excitement! Yet as a writer, other thoughts began flooding my mind:

 

I’m not good enough. What if she sees my blog and hates it? What if she sees potential?… It’s meaningless and probably just a marketing thing.

 

Well, it turned out to be none of those things, but more on that later. Here’s what happened:

focused on the follower.

 

I let this one “follow” change my thoughts for the better part of a day. I was preparing my next blog and found myself wondering what she would think. Would it be good enough if she happened to read it? I am ashamed to say that in those moments I put Beth Moore in a place that she would not desire to be in – a place reserved for the Father. If my calling is to write as a way to serve Him than that’s the approval that I need  to seek and no-one else’s.

 

It matters more Whom you are following than who is following you.

 

Later that day I checked my phone and noticed I had received a private message from Beth. I looked at in disbelief. In true Beth style she even addressed me as “Beloved”. At that moment reality hit me – this wasn’t Beth Moore at all. In my defense, I only dabble in Twitter, I now realize what the blue checks beside public figures mean – they are verified users. This user was not verified. Enter my next flood of thoughts:

 

Of course she is a fake! Why would Beth Moore follow me? I’m not worthy as an author, but…

 

God thinks I am worthy and He thinks you are too.

 

The problem is, all of those thoughts were misplaced. Afterwards, I spent some time analyzing why that “follow” mattered to me. I believe the reasons are things that we all crave. We all want to be noticed for our accomplishments. We want to be successful – topped with some validation and encouragement. We want a secure identity, (more on this here), but there’s one problem,

 

The only identity that will stand is the one we have in Christ.

 

People will unfollow or unfriend us throughout our lives. Careers and relationships change or may even come to an end, but through all of this one thing remains the same – who we are in Christ.  We need to spend less time portraying who we think others want us to be and more time focusing on who God wants us to be.

Be the you that God called YOU to be.

 

Here are some things you can know about your identity in Christ:

 

You are loved. “Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are!”  (1 John 3:1)

 

You are made new. You are no longer defined by your past sins or the opinions of others. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

You are forgiven and free. Old sins that have been confessed and turned away from can no longer bog you down. “It is I who sweep away your transgressions for My own sake and remember your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25)

 

You can be confident. Your future is no longer uncertain no matter what you are facing right now. Your hereafter is intact. This life is temporary, but you have a home for all of eternity and God desires to give you His best. “Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)

So as for me, I have learned a few lessons from my Twitter incident.  I can chuckle a bit at my gullibility and  find it humbling as well. Most importantly, I am reminded that in our world of social media domination, it’s so easy to get caught up in what others think of me and portray myself accordingly. Yet, the most important thing always need to be how Christ sees me.

Until next time,

~ Barb

 

 

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