Your exam results don’t define you

It’s been an important couple of weeks for many of you. Exam results for a-levels, AS-levels and GCSEs. It’s easy at times like this to get drawn into the lie that our exam results are of most importance. Now, before we get any parents complaining, I would quantify that by saying they are important and you should work hard for your exams but they are not what gives you your identity.

To be frank, your identity is not found in the degree you’re doing, the a level grades you have or the fact that you topped the class. Your identity isn’t found in the poor grades you got and how you’ve got a far more difficult path ahead to get to where you want to. If you’re a Christian, your identity is in Jesus. If you are trying to create or find your identity in anything else, you’re doomed to failure. That’s primarily because you were created to glorify God and any identity outside of Christ means we’re trying to glorify ourselves. This results in us never finding true identity or fulfilment.

Here’s my true identity (and these are just taken from Ephesians 1 and 2 – you can find plenty more):

  • I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. (Ephesians 1:3)
  • I was chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and am without blame before Him. (Ephesians 1:4)
  • I am adopted (Ephesians 1:5)
  • I have been freely given His grace (Ephesians 1:6)
  • I have been redeemed and forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)
  • He has lavished His grace on me (Ephesians 1:8)
  • I am chosen (Ephesians 1:11)
  • I have been sealed with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13)
  • My inheritance is guaranteed (Ephesians 1:14)
  • I have power to live my life (Ephesians 1:19)
  • I have been made alive (Ephesians 2:5)
  • I have been raised up and seated with Christ in heaven. (Ephesians 2:6)
  • I have been saved!! (Ephesians 2:8)
  • My salvation is not down to my performance (Ephesians 2:9)
  • I am God’s handiwork… He made me to do His work (Ephesians 2:10)
  • I have been brought near to God (Ephesians 2:13)
  • I have direct access to God (Ephesians 2:18)
  • I am a fellow citizen with the rest of God’s family. (Ephesians 2:19)
  • I may approach God freely and with confidence. (Ephesians 3:12)
  • I am strengthened by God (Ephesians 3:16)
  • I am loved by God (Ephesians 3:18)

Why find your identity in things like exam results, when you can have an identity like that?! Why would you want to settle for 2nd best?