This struggle for identity is common to all humankind. To reject our identities as God’s children, we necessarily have to accept other bases for our identities. The thing is – God does not change. Everything else does!
Our fundamental sin-filled selves are always seeking to be our own god (idolatry) – It’s my life and I’m in charge of it. People who rise above and succeed in forging their own path can be very inspiring too!
We see ourselves as human beings, people going about life. God sees us as vessels, made by His hands, meant to contain the Holy Spirit and spill over with His glory pouring into/over others.