By Angie Wilson
Since April, I have been wrestling with this very question. Sometimes it comes from my own insecurities. At other times, it comes from the whisper of the enemy…to discourage me. And then at other times, my Heavenly Father speaks this question to my heart…to put courage back into me.
As I compose today’s post, I reflect on all God has been teaching me about identity. I cannot think of a more applicable arena of life where we need a reminder of our identity than that of motherhood. See…the enemy aims to steal, kill and destroy every good gift the Father has lavished on us. One of those greatest treasures is who HE says we are in Christ. Let me share a little of my five month journey…one that I am still walking. (I’m either a really slow learner or I belong to a Father who is relentless in sealing His truth upon my heart. Or both.)
I began a writing assignment back in the spring for an upcoming Bible study on Judges. I would have never anticipated a study in the life of Gideon to lead me to a place of deep introspection about my identity as a child of God. If you’d asked me then, I would have told you I was solid in this area. Intellectually speaking, I am. Practically speaking…in the day to day living…God began showing me I was not at times.
For me, Gideon has been an Old Testament story of a guy who led a battle, blew some horns and won. I watched the Veggie Tales’ Gideon Tuba Warrior video tons of times with my little fellas…so yeah, I knew this story. Then, I sat down on my front porch with my Bible, laptop, and a cool morning breeze and found myself stumped. Where in the world would I begin? I really didn’t know a great deal about this guy. How in the world would I present this to make it relevant and applicable to a group of women?
Then God began to speak. As His Word promises, it became alive and active to me. The Lord began showing me how much I identified with Gideon.
In Judges 6, we are introduced to Gideon. Judges 6:11 tells us that Gideon was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress (this is not the typical location of one who threshes wheat, by the way). He was hiding out with the hopes of avoiding the backlash of the abhorrent Midianites. Then comes verse 12…this is where God gripped my heart.
The angel of the LORD appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the LORD is with you!”
Did you catch that? In verse 11, Gideon is hiding. In verse 12, he is declared a mighty hero! Nothing takes place between the two verses that would contribute to Gideon going from zero to hero. In the words of J.D. Greear, “God doesn’t call the brave. He makes brave those He calls.”
God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
1 Corinthians 1:27, NLT
If I gave you all the details of my journey, I’d have the longest blog post on record, so I’ll give you tidbits of God’s goodness to take me deeper still. In July, He took me one morning to an inset in my study Bible that was titled, “Our True Identity in Christ.” This was a list of more than 20 truths from Scripture about who He says I am. I was immediately stirred to dig into each of these day by day and meditate on them. In August, my family went to see the movie “Overcomer” which is all about our identity in Jesus Christ. Taking a scene from the movie, I had my boys read through Ephesians 1 and 2 repeatedly for a week. As they read, I asked them to jot down one or two truths each time about who God says they are. I did the same every morning. As we discussed our lists for several days, it was a powerful reminder to each of us about our true identity. One of my sons even suggested that I ask him every morning on the way to school, “Who does Jesus say you are?” And he would reply with one of those truths from Ephesians. In September, I went to hear one of my favorite speakers. She spoke about Gideon from Judges 6. I just about fell into the floor. She literally spoke from the exact text where this all began for me. She began to make the very points that God had revealed in my personal study months before. My eyes filled with tears and the depths of my heart silently cried, “Thank You, Jesus.”
So, dear momma…let me pour into you a little of what God has poured into me. When you hear these lies…
“You are a pathetic mother.”
“Why would God have chosen you?”
“You are ruining your children.”
“They would be better off without you.”
“Why can’t you be a better mom like her?”
Stand up! Stand up and speak truth loud and clear. The enemy will cower and flee and the Lord Jesus Christ will be honored and praised!
I am loved. I am chosen. I am forgiven. I am redeemed. I am a masterpiece. I am free. I am pure. I am made right with God. I am complete.
A mom who knows who she is BECAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST will mother confidently and faithfully.
When we believe these things…really believe these things…it overflows into every area of our lives including our mothering. A mom who knows who she is BECAUSE OF JESUS CHRIST will mother confidently and faithfully.
So, if you’re like our friend Gideon and you’re hiding out in the “winepress” (or maybe your closet or bathroom) hoping to avoid the realities of life and the attacks of the evil one, come out onto the threshing floor where He’s positioned you and hear this…
God sees you as a mighty hero, a valiant warrior, a dear daughter rearing the next generation of Christ followers. Come out of hiding and claim the promises of Almighty God! He also told Gideon in verse 12 “…the LORD is with you!” Not only can you stand on who He says you are but you never have to walk alone. Never.
When God calls us, He doesn’t see us or define us by the condition we are in. He sees us and calls us according to what He’s predetermined to make us into in Christ.
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