Week 1: Who God Says You Are

Today’s truth: I am a child of God.

Do you know what it means to be a child of God? This is a core piece of our true identity! Singer/songwriter Tauren Wells drops some serious knowledge to kick off our conversation on what God says about us. Tauren says he’s discovered the importance of being defined by whose he is – NOT what he does.

 

Tauren says, “Mentally we understand that we are created by God, we are His children, but for us to understand how that applies to our everyday life and the freedom that brings us, there is such a gap in that…

There’s identity, calling, and assignment. Identity is who God says I am… no one else gets to speak into that. That’s where the “I am a child of God” thing comes in. I am known and loved by Him.

Then there is calling… Then there are assignments. This is where the identity thing gets twisted and distorted. We’ll take an assignment that is connected to our calling and we will invest our identity in something that He has called us to do… Then my whole identity, if I’m not careful, is in what He’s assigned me to do… We’ll think, well, if I have a bad day as a dad or a bad month or year as an artist… now I’m failing. I’m not enough… It’s important to keep those things separate. This is who I am and it doesn’t change… how I accomplish my calling may change… but that does not define who I am.”

Watch Tauren’s music video about belonging to God and being fully known!

 

In week 1 of the World’s Biggest Small Group: Identity, we’re exploring and solidifying the truths about who God says we are. Here’s a verse to think on this week as we learn:

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!

(Psalm 139:13-17 New Living Translation)

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Trish
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Trish

I like the way he broke down identity, calling, and assignment. I’m going to spend some time with God letting Him clarify His calling for me.

Aliceson Turnage
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Aliceson Turnage

I do as well. I have to admit, i am going to be doing the same thing!

Joy Summers
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I’m so with you girls! I still do not fully know what my calling is but I want God to show me!

Liz
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Liz

Sharing with my 15 year old adopted daughter who is struggling with knowing and accepting who she is meant to be in God’s eyes. Thank you couldn’t come at a better time

Candice Rogers
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Oh this makes us so happy to hear. I pray that she really hears the truth of where her true identity comes from! – Candice, WAY Nation Staff

Janni Roberts
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Janni Roberts

I like the way he broke things down. It helps to remember not to let success or failure in our assignments change what we should know as our identity…. a child of God loved no matter what.

Candice Rogers
Admin

Isn’t Tauren amazing! He breaks this down so beautifully! You are his child regardless of how successful you are or how many times you fail! There is such freedom in that! – Candice, WAY Nation Staff

Stetson
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Waking up early has been a God send for me. A quiet short walk to wake up . A cup of coffee and scripture , praying …sets the tone for the day . It has gotten to where my hours are completely different . No more TV at night and up earlier all the time as it has let me be me for at least the first couple hours of the day .

Candice Rogers
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This sounds glorious! Coffee and scripture! 😍 ☕️ – Candice, WAY Nation Staff

K
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K

Such a straightforward and profound way to explain identity, calling, and assignment. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it broken down better and yet so easily understood. I personally have been struggling with calling and assignment and I so appreciate the great wisdom in how Tauren communicated it. Thank you!

Joy Summers
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I’m with you K! I often mix up my calling and identity into my current assignment from God but then when the assignment shifts or changes it can cause a major identity crisis! Thankful for this wisdom!

livingthroughkidneycancer
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Just beautiful and so needed. Thank you

Agnes Aurich
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Agnes Aurich

It’s good to be reminded that we are wonderfully made by God and that we are created for a purpose. Everyday struggles this world brings trying to define how we are to be or who makes it hard but as we stay close to our heavenly father, makes it easier.

Candice Rogers
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So true, Agnes! The closer we are to God the clearer we see who he created us to be! – Candice, WAY Nation Staff

geoff
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geoff

This is something to think about, having the separation between identity and the rest as he mentioned.

Candice Rogers
Admin

So good, right! I love how Tauren explains this! Our identity isn’t moved or changed by our assignments or calling! And when we are confident in who we are it is easier to walk out our calling or assignments! 🙌🏻 – Candice, WAY Nation staff

oynotc
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Good message today.

Elizabeth L Nelson
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Elizabeth L Nelson

I have had to find worth separate from my former assignment since becoming disabled. Tauren did a fantastic job of explaining identity separate from calling and assignment. It give me a new perspective.

Carolyn
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Carolyn

Tauren broke it down so beautifully. It is hard to separate these area without a conscious effort though. I have physical struggles that have changed my assignment somewhat and may ultimately make me make a permanent change. It is difficult to remember that what I do is not who I am, but I think it could bring great peace taken in fully.

Jai Young
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Jai Young

Impeccably stated!! Well done Tauren and thank you for simplifying it in basic lament terms.

Shawn Uhlman
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Shawn Uhlman

That was really well spoken and it truly found a way into my mind…he spoke it with such simplicity, hopefully I can make it a part of my life without me complicating it and getting in my own way.

Terry L Thomas
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Terry L Thomas

EGO-
edging GOD out.
Let the Holy Spirit flow as were suppose to as a child of GOD. Do not allow the EGO to take over….

Sunny Goodner
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Sunny Goodner

Amazing insight and deft wordplay!

Candice Rogers
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We are good at getting in our own way, huh? Thankfully we have a God that is full of grace and our identity in Him is true regardless! -Candice, WAY Nation Staff

Geoffrey Schubert
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Geoffrey Schubert

Nothing has ever been truer of a statement than we are our own enemies, wether that is with ourselves or trying to convince others to affirm our toughts and desires.

Tonia
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Tonia

As a believer I have always known my identity. The calling and assignment have been mixed up. What a wonderful reminder that my calling has never changed but my assignment will change depending on where I am in my life and the stage of my life. As I grow older I struggle with what my calling and my assignment is – thank you for the sweet reminder!

Terry L Thomas
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Terry L Thomas

We are to serve with LOVE….

Candice Rogers
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❤️❤️❤️ Tonia! We love how beautifully Tauren explains this, too! – Candice, WAY Nation staff

Karla Koerner
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Karla Koerner

Wow! Lots to think about on this one. Just to think how intricate God made me. It is beyond my concept. Just to understand who I am will give me power to be stronger in my journey.

Candice Rogers
Admin

I know isn’t it mind blowing when you try and think about how intricately He made you!? ❤️ – Candice, WAY Nation staff

Lisa Criswell
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Lisa Criswell

Thanks for sharing. Wow that was powerful…

Martha
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Martha

Great analogy! I struggle with my identity because I don’t feel worthy. I’m overweight and have abused my “temple” and it makes me ashamed. But I am very cognizant of God’s love and mercy and so very thankful for that every day.

Candice Rogers
Admin

Martha, I completely understand. I have struggled with that as well but the amazing thing is that our identity has ZERO ties to our weight or other struggles we may have. Satan like to tell us that but it is a lie. You are a child of God no matter what satan or a scale says! I hope that brings you freedom like it does me! ❤️ Candice, WAY Nation staff

Robbie
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Robbie

I liked what Tauren said about the difference in our identity and what we are called to do. I also found the 16 minutes of silence interesting. Good way to start! I am very thankful God gave me an identity because I am HIS child!

Candice Rogers
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That 16 minutes of silence is a good challenge, right! So good! -Candice, WAY Nation staff

Kimberly Robinson
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Kimberly Robinson

This was great. Thankful for how he explained it.

Kimberly Robinson
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Kimberly Robinson

Great explanation. Thank you!

JoshandErin Busby
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JoshandErin Busby

Love how simple this is laid out and how to apply it to every day Life! Will definitely be working on this and asking God to make me be still more often!!

Candice Rogers
Admin

Right, me too! That challenge to rest in Him for part of our day is so good! -Candice, WAY Nation Staff

Noah
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Noah

I am really being bombarded with the theme of “Identity in Christ” this year. My church is currently discussing it. I am on the Worship Team at my school, and that is our theme for the year (chosen for us, not by us). And now this: the topic of World’s Biggest Small Group! I feel like God is telling me I need to re-look at myself. I am going to try to do that.

Joy Summers
Member

Noah, way to be intuitive about that. Seems like no accident that identity is showing up in every area of your life. I hope you signed up for this series and that each video will help you dive deeper to understand what God may have for you!

Kristina Felske
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Kristina Felske

I really enjoyed the video! The breakdown of identity, calling and assignment makes life in Christ clearer, but certainly not easy. These 3 characteristics are so intertwined. Its difficult to practice one concept without the other two being affected. For me I would like to clearly know what is my calling. 🙄 so there you go. Thanks!

Joy Summers
Member

I’m with you Kristina! After this conversation, I realized I don’t fully know my calling yet. I’ve been asking God to show me. He may not do it in our timing but I trust He will reveal our callings to us if we search for it.

Christian
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Christian

In Galatians 3 Paul says that “those who have faith are children of Abraham” because God told Abraham that “all nations will be blessed through you (Abraham)”. It goes on to say in verse 26 “so in Christ Jesus you are all children of God”. 28, “there is neither Jew not Gentle, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, you are all one in Christ Jesus.” 29, “if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise”. We are co heirs WITH Christ. Children of the All Mighty, the Alpha and… Read more »

Lovena
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Lovena

Sometimes I let my failure define who I am. Thank you so so much.,

Glieca
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It is good to know that the music Tauren writes is grounded in such a real relationship with & revelation of God and us. I love the simple wisdom he spoke. I think we complicate things more than God intends & having it simplified makes it easier to “keep” it.

Sunny G.
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Sunny G.

God is amazing! I just started WBSG, first time ever even after listening to Way FM for years. God led me right to the topic I am struggling with. All of my life, I have feared failure because that means I am unworthy of love. Even knowing this is a lie, it is still there lurking. God is working to prove His love is with me even when I think I’ve failed in my calling. I am a child of God and His love is unconditional! Thank you!