A Christian who doesn’t know who he is in Christ is worse off than a shopper who has lost his credit because of identity theft. This recently happened to shoppers at the nearly 2,000 Target stores in North America. On December 19, 2013, USA Today reported that a credit card attack had taken place, causing as many as 40 million customers to lose the personal information contained on their Target cards.

With as many as 40 million accounts stolen, the chances are great that you or someone you know was affected by this problem. Identity theft causes way more confusion and frustration than I ever want to put up with.

There’s just as much confusion and frustration when a Christian doesn’t understand his identity in Christ. This person lives or dies by what other people say and think about them. Their life is an emotional roller coaster, twisting and turning with their circumstances. They have no foundation and are not successful in the Christian life.

A Christian who knows who he is in Christ stands upon what God says about him in His Word instead of the opinions of others. His joy isn’t affected by people who dislike him or hurt him because he knows God loves him. He won’t change who he is to try and please others because he knows God accepts him the way he is. He won’t let himself or others get him down about mistakes he’s made in the past because He knows God has forgiven him. He knows who he is. This gives him peace and stability.

Christian, do you know who you are? If so, then you won’t let the way others respond to you affect your feelings. You will keep on doing what is right and showing love to others regardless of the things they say about you. You will accept yourself for who you are, with all of your faults and shortcomings — because God does, and you realize His opinion is the only one that matters.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder