I attended Bethel’s Heaven Come Conference in Los Angeles back in May and was overwhelmed by the leadership and their ability to be vulnerable and raw with the attendees. Jenn Johnson told a story that really stuck with me and changed my perspective forever on living a life of worship.
“It was extremely frustrating, and I was grouchy. It had been a bad day. But there we were, on our way to a worship event. I’m trying to stir my heart for worship. Sitting next to Bill in the car, I mumbled ‘Mommy hat off. Worship hat on.’
“I made the comment half joking, half bad attitude. Bill just kind of leaned in to where I was sitting and told me in a beautiful way, “The problem is, the worship hat should have never come off.’”
–Jenn Johnson, Heaven Come Conference, May 2016
We’re all guilty of wearing “hats”. We put on these “hats” to gain acceptance or approval from those around us, in our jobs or careers, relationships, in material objects and even on the platform when we are worshipping our Savior.
We’re seeking our identity in the wrong things, holding on to the wrong things tighter, afraid of losing the things we think are making us who we are and ultimately becoming dissatisfied. When we lose anything that we have staked our identity in, who we are feels lost.
It’s easy to say that what we do affects who we are. On the contrary, I like to think that who we are affects what we do.
When we understand our true identity in Christ, we can sufficiently invite His presence into our lives, living a life of worship, erasing performance, doubt and fear.
- Performance is a hat that longs for acceptance or the need to prove something. However, these needs die naturally because performance doesn’t exist in a place where you are already accepted and loved.
- Your identity is a shield. Any sense of doubt will bounce off of you because you know who you are and what you believe and stand for.
- Lastly, outside circumstances and the size of fear will matter less than your identity. When you know and understand your identity, fear will vanish.
Knowing your identity will actually invite the Presence of God and allow Him to pour out on to you everything that He intends.
God wants to show up for His children. He wants to welcome you with open arms. He has promises for His people that He will fulfill.
1 Peter 2:9: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light…”
Ephesians 1:4-5 says, “For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will…”
It is so clear that God gave us our identity as His sons and daughters out of shear desire to be with us. The door will be open for His presence to enter your life the more you securely rest your identity in Him.
When you can’t perform, you’re not convinced of doubt, you’re not scared into submission, and you know God will show up, God will set you up to do incredible things. It’s not what you do, it’s who you are. //