Who are you? Are you identifying yourself by your profession? Perhaps you are identifying yourself as a husband or wife and putting everything you have into that relationship. Perhaps your a mom and you are identifying yourself as a mom or in how your children behave or have matured and grown up? Are you a student and identify yourself as such? Do you allow your grades to speak for who you are? If you are identifying yourself in any of these ways or any other way other than in respect to Christ that is not your true identity.
I have mistakenly looked for my identity in nearly all of these except for mom, since God never blessed me with children. When I was put on disability and lost my identity of a professional and it was very difficult when asked what I do to answer the question. You see here I was (if I remember correctly) in my early 30’s and out of the workforce. What was to be my identity?
I have had and continue to have the identity of daughter and sister but that never seemed enough.
When I went into early retirement as was suggested to call it by some, I became a student and although I love learning and am fairly good at it. This too was not enough.
Actually being put on disability was a blessing because I had been so busy with work that I hadn’t realized how empty I was. It was sometime after that and not without heartache and dealing with my pride that I came to realize that my identity comes from Christ and being in Christ.
Galatians 3:26-29 says this about our identity;
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you all are one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior your identity belongs to Christ. As you can see in Galatians 3:26-29 we who have been baptized into Christ have clothed ourselves with Christ. It is Christ in us that the world must see and who we must identify ourselves with.
As the scripture says there is no distinguishing among us. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you all are one in Christ Jesus.” In today’s terms: Their is neither Baptist nor Methodist nor Lutheran nor Evangelical nor Charismatic nor Catholic, poor nor rich, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. There also isn’t doctor nor plumber, teacher nor homemaker, wife nor aunt, student nor retired. There are followers of Christ which have clothed themselves in Christ Jesus.
The above list of denominations and non-denominational churches is incomplete I just listed what came to mind and am sure given time I could think of a number of other to add to this list. Most importantly, instead of the different denominations and non-demominationals waring of non-fundamentals of the faith, let us do as the Bible teaches us and find our common ground and be united in that. We are letting these insignificant things (in comparison to the fundamentals of our faith) to be used by the enemy to pull the Church (followers of Jesus) apart rather than being unified. This is exactly what he wants because it destroys our witness to the world. Church wake up! It is time we take back what the enemy has cunningly got us to let go of. There should be unity in love of the Church this is what will attract unbelievers to us.
When you find your true identity – either a follower of Christ or not. One of three things will happen.
- Knowing your identity in Christ as a believer and follower that place in your heart that you were trying to fill with other identities will find peace and wholeness.
- If you are not a believer or follower of Christ but you heed the tugging in your heart that this could be the answer to that whole you feel – pray this simple prayer: Lord I see myself as the sinner I am and ask You to forgive me of all my sins. I accept what Jesus did on the cross as a sacrifice for me so that I might have forgiveness of my sins and fellowship with you. Lord help me to live the new life that I’ve just begun and bring believers around me to help me grow in You. Amen!
- If you are not a believer nor follower of Christ and you choose not to say the above pray and let Christ into your life, you can look through every profession, toy, relationship, or book other than the Bible and you will never fill that God shaped whole you feel. You know the emptiness that nothing seems to fill. It’s there for a reason. God put it there so you would choose Him. He also gave you free choice so you can run from Him all you want, He’s a gentleman He won’t force Himself on you. But let me worn you the longer you run the harder your heart becomes. The harder your heart becomes the less likely you are to turn to Him. The reason I mention this is that hell is a very real place and if you don’t like things here on earth you have no idea what awaits you separated eternally from a loving and holy God. It scares me to think that anyone I know would be sent to such a horrible place. So please reconsider God’s gracious gift of forgiveness. We’ve all sinned and fallen short of what God in His righteousness requires which is perfection. Only one man ever walked the earth and did not sin, and that man is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
So let’s stop looking in all the wrong places and seek out Christ in the Bible and learn about Him so that we have a better understanding of our true identity.
Joy – A Fellow Sojourner & A Woman After God’s Own Heart!