What does Advent and Christmas have to do with our identity and self-worth?
It’s natural that our identity (how we think about and see ourselves) and our self-worth (how we feel about and evaluate ourselves) are connected to what we do. We are “doing” people after all. God has given us aptitudes and gifts that we use. 1 Corinthians 12 talks about all of us as various and different parts of Christ’s body. Some of us are feet, others are hands, etc., etc. We also have tasks, jobs, and responsibilities that we do. Those activities and responsibilities impact our identity and self-worth. We are accountants, lawyers, plumbers, etc.
But this means that our identity and self-worth is also affected by what we can’t do, the things we have failed to do, and the things we have done wrong or poorly.
This Advent, we are focusing on how the early chapters of the Gospel of Luke reveal to us that the Incarnation of Jesus impacts our identity and self-worth, i.e., how we think about and see ourselves and how we feel about and evaluate ourselves.
This Sunday, and next week in our Daily Worship Devotions, we will be reflecting on the Advent story of the birth of John the Baptist and his role in proclaiming Jesus’ arrival as the Messiah. This is a story about how things like physical brokenness, doubt, health limitations, cynicism, impotency, and disappointment impact our identity.
So, take some time to read and reflect on Luke 1:5-25. As you do that, consider the following two questions:
1) How can I cling to, enter into, and live more out of my identity in Christ?
2) How much of my identity and self-worth is impacted or influenced by my weakness,
disappointments, and imperfections?
Yours in Christ’s love,