How are we to define ourselves??
As Christians, I think it’s easy for us to say that we identify ourselves with Christ.
But what does that really mean? ..and do we really believe it?
There are many conditions, circumstances, positions, surroundings, struggles, victories, failures, fears, hopes, ambitions, scarcities and abundances which we often allow to shape the person we believe we are – the things we do; the things we have; the roles we play.
But, these don’t give us an appropriate estimate of our identity and value.
We are not identified by ‘what’ we are
Here are a few of my ‘whats’:
These are among the good works and roles prepared beforehand for me to walk in. Yet, I can so easily allow them assume a position in my life which God never intended them to possess.
They become my identity thieves – attempting to penetrate the essence of who I consider myself to be.
If you examine each of the ‘whats’ I listed, you see a commonality among them…
They can all be stripped away from me at any moment!
And what if they were?
..who am I?
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
Our identity is in Christ
So, what does it really mean to be identified in Him?
When considering His identity, one major character trait comes to mind.
The Son of God.
Everything that Jesus was, the works He performed, the words He spoke, the love He poured out were all out of the abundance of His relationship with His heavenly Father.
Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself,
unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does,
these things the Son also does in like manner.
For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me
has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.
Because of God’s love for us, we have been welcomed to join in Christ’s son-ship. We have been made sons and daughters of the living God.
He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself,
according to the kind intention of His will..
See what great love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
(1 John 3:1)
We have been given beauty instead of ashes; forgiveness instead of condemnation; righteousness instead of corruption; relationship instead of separation.
This is our identity! This is our value!
Lord, help me to never forget it so that my life may reflect it!