Roughly two years ago, I wrote a blog called IDENTITY CRISIS. A short message explaining why most Christians are no living like Christ. However, recently, I have come across a profound epiphany of identity. By definition,
the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.
The identity is a part of every person, which is inevitably unavoidable. Everyone must have an identity. The problem with our struggle with identity is that it is always attached to something. We secure who we are with our race, our status, our history, and even our heritage. Some people discover their identity by their marriage, or career or even their assets. We allow these factors to define who we are. But the amount of money you have cannot determine your identity, because of course, if you had to lose every cent, you will not behave in the same way. You will not do what you always do. You will be someone else. When a man loses his job, he can become someone else—his identity changes.
Some people identify themselves by the way they dress or look, bowing down to the god of vanity. Most people go through many identities through their lives because they were defined by their circumstances. At the end of their lives, they are not sure who they are, so they become defined by their history.
Look at the people below and tell me if you don’t associate them by identity by the way they look, the way they dress and where they are…
Maybe when we look at people, we should go beyond the way they look or dress. We should seek to help the soul without being distracted by the outer earthen vessel. God loves everyone, irrespective of their journey. We should love others as well in the same manner, showing them Christ.
You cannot allow your identity to be defined by temporal things…
Why do we attach our identity by things that will soon pass away? To have a consistent identity, we must keep our eyes on the One who made us. We must be defined by our Creator, we are who He says we are.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7
Because the God who said, Out of the darkness, light shall shine, is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not out of us.”
“Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
If Christ is our life, why should we worry? Why should we fear? Why should we be anxious? If God in His awesome might and sovereignty, has the world He designed in the palm of His hands, will He not take care of you?
What you worship becomes part of your identity…
Don’t let people attach an identity to you. They will judge you by your past, or your financial status. But as a child of God, you are not defined by what happened in the past because you are a new creation. You are not defined by how much money you have in the bank because God is your provider. Our mortal bodies will soon fade away, and so will everything we have and worked for. Only what is done for Christ will last. We will soon be translated into immortality, a state of perfection that will be for all eternity. Therefore, our identity cannot be here, but there in heaven.
Here are some Biblical examples:
- The Pharisees tried to tag an identity on Jesus by their interpretation of scripture. They were totally wrong!
- Peter denied Jesus three times, unsure of who he was in the darkest hour on earth. But when the Spirit of God fell upon him in Acts 2, he declared; “we are all witnesses.”
- Judas was so overcome by his own betrayal that his identity was seen as something that was never going to change.
- Paul had his ideal identity of Jewish heritage until he met Christ.
- Joseph refused to have his current circumstances influence his identity, no matter where he was. The God of heaven was his identity.
- David refused to let his inexperience to fight in battle stop God from using him to defeat Goliath.
- Timothy was told not to use his age to define his ability to complete Gods purposes.
When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, your identity is more tangible. You know who you belong to and why – God gave His Son in demonstration of His great love. We are in Him, and He is in us. Branches in the vine bearing fruit. When we come to the realisation of who we are, we can live a Holy and powerful life for Christ. We won’t be held down by worry, fear, stress, anxious, lust and other distractions that weigh us down.
So, if you want to change your life around, know who you are in Christ. Going to another church or searching for another pastor isn’t going to help you. You need to have a personal relationship with Christ Jesus…