His Wisdom for Her World

When God Writes Your Instagram Handle

By on April 27, 2017 in Christian Life with 6 Comments

I came late to the social media game, kicking and screaming because technology really intimidates me. However, I now begrudgingly acknowledge what a great tool social media can be to help connect with people, encourage them, share about Jesus, and equip and disciple others, so I have jumped on the bandwagon. First Facebook, then Twitter, then Instagram—each time I signed up because those apps opened doors for me to connect with students, friends, and colleagues.

Can I tell you what has stressed me out a bit each time I have opened a new social media account? The description of myself! I find it fascinating to read how other people define themselves, but how did I want to define myself? What kind of image would those carefully chosen adjectives and nouns project to the world? Too serious? Not serious enough? Each appellation selected contributes to an identity I am trying to communicate. So, for example, here is my Instagram description:

Candi Finch

Christ follower, lover of bacon & used bookstores, Assistant Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies @southwesternseminary.

I was trying to go for a mix of professionalism and humanness 🙂 Recently, though, through rereading C.S. Lewis’ classic work, Mere Christianity, I have been reminded that as a believer, what really matters is how God defines me, not how I define myself. Lewis remarks, “But the question is not what we intended ourselves to be, but what He intended us to be when He made us. He is the inventor, we are only the machine. He is the painter, we are only the picture” (203).

This quote got me thinking. What would my social media handle look like if I let God define me? Since He is the painter, I wondered what God’s Word said about the picture He is painting in my life. As you know, the Word of God has a LOT to say about a Christian’s identity! Here are just some of the ways believers are identified in the Bible:

Candi Finch

Forgiven, redeemed, holy and dearly loved child of God,

A saint and citizen of heaven,

A conqueror and new creation,

Set free and complete,

Friend of God.

  • Forgiven and Redeemed: “In him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Eph 1:7).
  • Holy and Dearly Loved: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Col 3:12).
  • Child of God: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:26).
  • Saint: “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours” (1 Cor 1:2).
  • Citizen of Heaven: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil 3:20).
  • Conqueror: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Rom 8:37).
  • New Creation: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Cor 5:17).
  • Set Free: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
  • Complete: “… and in Him you have been made complete” (Col 2:10a).
  • Friend of God: “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).

This list is obviously quite different than “lover of bacon and used bookstores,” but it does reflect my identity in Christ. If you know Christ, these descriptors are true of you as well! Savor each word. Meditate on the truths of those verses. Don’t let your eyes run over that list without the importance of each identifier grabbing hold of your heart. Even though our behavior does not always match our identity, these words do describe how the Creator of the Universe looks at His children.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you and I reflected the truth of our identity in the way we lived today? Think what a difference it would make if people saw a dearly loved child of God walking as one who has been redeemed, set free, and made complete.

Remember, we are just paintings in the Master Painter’s hands. I pray each of us will “live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God” (Col 1:10).

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About the Author

About the Author: Candi’s greatest passion is to see teenagers and women come to know the Lord and become mature disciples of Christ. Several women invested in her life when she was a new believer in high school, and the impact they had on her reminds her daily of the positive influence we can have on others for Christ.

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  1. Well stated and a great reminder that even if our behavior doesn’t always match our “bio” it doesn’t change the way God sees us.

  2. Diane Strack says:

    Absolutely lovely. Such a reminder of how He esteems and loves us so deeply. He must laugh when we try to come up with these silly identity tags! We try to fit in but He created us to stand out.

  3. Hi, Candi, you are fresh of words from the heart. When having to write something about yourself, I tend to be empty at times. So bless you. I am a child a God. I really need your opinion on this project. I am working on the Women Baptist Missionary & Education Conference. Can you give me some ideas to get the young ladies to attend the conference? I always send out emails for reminders to the Missionary Presidents of all 17 churches to announce we need some of the young ladies to attend because they are our future in continuing this mission. So please help!

    • Candi Finch says:

      Terrie, on your question about how to get younger ladies to attend the conference, first, as I am sure you know, you need to pray. Ask God to give you insight in how to reach out to them and to burden the older and younger ladies to reach out to each other. Second, if you can identify some younger ladies who are pacesetters in each of the churches (walking with the Lord, have proven character and a passion for missions), I encourage you to recruit them for your team so they can reach out to women in their own season of life. Plus, they can give you some ideas on how to reach out to younger ladies. Hope this helps!

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