Who are you? How do you see yourself? Are you settling for less?
Psalm 8:4 says, “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (ESV).

For the longest time I saw myself as…less. I was an addict, an alcoholic. I have spent time in prison. I was not what you would call a model citizen. I was not someone you’d aspire to be.

But one of the greatest gifts the Lord has given me, besides Himself, is a new identity. I am a child of God; a daughter of the King.

Second Corinthians 6:18 says, “I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” John 1:12 says, “To all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.”

Think about that for a moment. A paternal test, used to determine who a child’s father is, requires a person’s DNA. You and I, through our faith in Jesus Christ, have become children of God. We have received His DNA!

Before coming to Christ, we had the DNA of the enemy. Because of sin, we are far from God’s original intent for our lives. God never intended for us to be less, but more. He never intended for us to be lost, but found. He never intended for us to be slaves, but free. He never intended for us to be in lack, but to have abundance. He never intended for us to take on an animal nature, but a holy nature.

From the foundation of the world, God created mankind to be just like Him. Genesis 1:26 says, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

God’s original intent for mankind—how we 
were before Adam and Eve sinned—was that we would be just like our Daddy God. We had His DNA and all His characteristics! We were His children; we had authority over everything in this world because of His great love for us.

We were not slaves or strangers. We were His children.

Adam and Eve’s sin, however, brought about a great change in our spiritual DNA. When they sold us out, we took on a nature that we were never intended to have—a sin nature. The enemy stole our original intent, and we all became slaves to sin, taking on the very nature of the enemy of God.

We were no longer what God had intended us to be. And that is why Jesus came.
Jesus came to earth and died for our sin; in His sacrifice, He gave us a way to have our original DNA restored. In Christ, our true identities are reestablished so we can be like God in all our ways.

We return to God’s original intent by being born again by the Spirit of God. When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God breathes into us again His precious Holy Spirit. We are then metamorphosed into the creation He intended us to be from the very beginning.