We will always be dissatisfied trying to find our identity in anything other than Christ. So, my advice? Stop wasting your time attempting to find yourself in the things of this world and start looking to the undeniable presence of something greater. The truth? We’re all nothing without Christ. Without Jesus as my Lord, Savior, and Redeemer, I’m a sinner deemed unworthy of anything but death. Thankfully, God saw it fit to have His Son die in my place and I am now co-heir with Christ and one of His children. How cool is that?!?!
Grace is certainly a difficult concept to comprehend. In fact, societal norms have taught us the very opposite; we have to EARN everything according them. But God did the unfathomable and extended His hand, mighty to save, and offered us His mercy and salvation. Perhaps the key to understanding this phenomenon is surrender. In fact, I would argue that it is indeed surrender. Think about it…if you are willing to deny yourself and admit that you are nothing without Christ and then allow yourselves to live in His light, then you are indeed God’s children. And if you are His children, then you are also His disciples and His disciples are indeed His friends. Keeping in mind that we can be Christ’s friends, we can take a look at John 15:14-15, which says:
“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you”
He will make EVERYTHING known to us! Along the same lines, Scripture leads us to the conclusion that the prayers of righteous men are powerful and effective (James 5:16) if they align with the will of the Lord and He will be faithful to give us anything we ask (Mark 11:24). So my friends, seek the Lord and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Keep a prayer journal as a record of the things you ask God to show you and be amazed as your prayers begin to be answered, and as He begins to reveal His glorious self to you.
Strangely enough, there will come a point when you are okay with being nothing without Christ. Because the truth is that He’s become your everything and is all there is anyways. You will begin to realize that you are a part of something so much bigger than the small time-line of your own existence. And slowly, over time, the heart within you that you thought was in comatose will come alive! It’ll be alive because it’s doing exactly what it was created to do in the first place; worshipping God and enjoying Him forever.