Friends, we are living in the middle of a worldwide identity crisis.
THE ENTIRE WORLD IS SEARCHING
People everywhere are searching for their true identity. Some men are identifying as women, and women as men. Some identify with a political party and despise those opposing their views and beliefs. Others identify as upper class and feel superior to lower classes. Still, others identify by the color of their skin, the country of origin, or the language they speak.
In families, we often find our identity by our married or single status, birth order, and seniority. In all cases, people are driven to belong, find meaning in their lives, and understand who they are. We want to know: “Where do I fit in?” and “What is my role?”
In the global Church today, we have similar issues where well-meaning Christ-followers identify with a denomination or a place they attend on Sundays. Even Christian ministry leaders struggle with the question: “Who am I?” “What is my identity?
THE BIBLE HAS THE ANSWER
The Bible informs us of our true identity. Here, we can discover “who I am” and “to whom do I belong.” Let’s look at a few scriptures that can help us discover our true identity.
Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” This scripture reminds us that our identity is not found in worldly titles or possessions. Instead, we are God’s work of art, created with a unique purpose in Christ.
Galatians 3:26-28: “So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” In this passage, Paul makes it clear that our identity in Christ transcends all worldly divisions and classifications. Our primary identity is as children of God, regardless of our race, class, gender, or nationality.
2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” When we accept Christ into our lives, our old identity is replaced by a new one. We are no longer defined by our past, our mistakes, or our worldly affiliations. We are reborn as a new creation in Christ.
1 Peter 2:9: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” This verse beautifully illustrates our identity as believers. We are chosen, royal, holy, and treasured by God Himself.
Romans 8:16-17: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” In Christ, we are not only children of God but also heirs to His Kingdom. Our identity is secured with an eternal inheritance that surpasses all earthly treasures.
Our true identity is not found in the labels that the world gives us or the ones we choose for ourselves. Whether it’s our gender, nationality, socioeconomic status, or any other classification, these are mere descriptors. Our core identity is in Christ Jesus if we are Christ-followers and have fully trusted Christ to be our Savior and fully surrendered to Him being Lord over our lives. This is my definition of a true follower of Jesus Christ.
As Christ-followers, we are His children, made in His image, chosen, redeemed, and destined for His glory. So, whenever you find yourself asking, “Who am I?” – remember that in Christ, you are known, loved, and valued beyond measure. Your identity begins and ends with this: You are a child of God.
Your aspiring servant,
September 6, 2023
POSTSCRIPT: Dear friends, if this daily, transparent “Conversations with Christ” blesses you, please go to www.SOLIDpastors.org, where you will find these posted, and a repository of all, in English and Spanish. Note: For ease of reference, all scriptures quoted are from the NIV.
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