You are More than the Number You Wear

This week, I’ve been sharing with you a few thoughts about our trip to prison, so if you’ve missed the blog this week, today’s post won’t make much sense. I hope you’ll click back to read those posts.

My daughter-in-law, Lindsey, went with me and woman after woman admired Lindsey’s beauty, asked about her life, one pointed at Lindsey’s clothes and asked her, “What are those kind of pants?” Lindsey smiled and told her they are called “Leggings.” “Leggings? I’m going to get me some of those when I get out!”

The more than one thousand women that we spoke with were all dressed in the same white uniform. Some were more worn and yellowed than others, some showed years of wear, but the prison garb put them all in the same category. The only difference was the individual number each woman had stamped on her clothes.

Each woman’s assigned number becomes her new identity in prison. 

As I shared my heart with these women, I told them that their identification number was not their true identity. Their true identity, who they truly are . . . is God’s image bearer. Because they are created by God, planned, created and given life by Him, they are valuable to Him. As I shared this with small groups of women, it was amazing to watch how they were impacted. Tears flooded their eyes, they were visibly moved by the thought that they mattered to God.

Some of them have lived for years believing their true identity is nothing more than that number. They believe they are worthless, a failure, a mistake or freak of nature. Their lives are broken and hopeless.

They don’t know their true identity.

Do you know your true identity?

Your true identity is God’s image bearer. 

[box]Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26–27)[/box]

Nothing else in creation is given this designation of being created in God’s IMAGE.

Your identity as a woman is to be God’s image bearer.

You as a woman, me . . . we are created in God’s likeness, in His image . . . we’re created to IMAGE GOD—to bear His reflection.

Tomorrow, I’ll share with you the message on the card that I put in each of their gift bags that conveyed to them what God says about our true identity.

Image courtesy of tiverylucky/


  • Sandra

    When I read the title for this post, my first thought was that you were going to discuss that number on the size tag sewn in clothing — a number that for me is often my identity.

    God’s image-bearer. Amazing. Humbling.

    Thank you for faithfully pointing readers to truth.

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Wow, that is a good point, probably a lot of women are taking on their clothing size, their facial condition, their “less than perfect” physical condition as their identity. That is definitely a common problem. Maybe I should do another post with the same title but speak to those of us who may need to reevaluate what true beauty is . . . ?

    I’m thankful He has given us our identity, and just this morning, I was reminded that He clothes us in His righteousness:

    “I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness . . .” (Isa. 61:10)

    Yes, it is amazing. I’m so thankful He covers my ugly nakedness with His righteous redeeming work. So undeserving, so grateful for grace!

    Thank you for your encouragement ~