Re:Verse reading–1 Samuel 18:1-16, 19:1-10 (day five)
One of the biggest tasks of adolescence is the formation of identity. Parents, grandparents, peers, and the church all can play a role in this process. The danger is that if identity is formed apart from a biblical worldview, the individual can be unhealthy both emotionally and relationally. Sound like anyone in this week’s Re:Verse? Saul’s identity has been formed by his strong desire to have the approval of men over the approval of God. See 1 Samuel 18: 8-9. Actually, the issue is not just with teenagers. It can be an adult problem too. Let me offer a few perspectives that should daily shape the identities of teens and adults who are believers:
God is all brilliant and all powerful and thus all He does is right and good.
The way God designed me perfectly fits His plans and purposes for me.
I have the mind of Christ.
I am strong in Christ.
I am not alone.
By God’s grace, I am royalty and will reign with Him some day.