I am my own identity thief. On my own accord, I deliberately rip my identity away from Christ and place it on every mediocre circumstance or situation I encounter. But why, why do I choose to throw away truth and take on a mistaken, false identity? Truthfully, it’s because in those moments I believe those circumstances and situations better define me than Christ. In those moments being a parent, spouse, student, co-worker, poor, wealthy, neglected, isolated, frustrated, and scared portray a portrait of who I am and who I want the world to see. And all the while, God knows that’s not me.
So the question is how do I regain my true identity? I regain my true identity by saturating myself in the Gospel and abiding in Christ in such a way that it brings total life transformation, which can only come through the Father. When I abide in Christ and him in me, my true identity is revealed.
• Part of the True Vine – John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
• Chosen – John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
• A part of the body of Christ – 1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”
• A new creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
• An heir, a son/daughter – Galatians 4:6-7 “And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.”
• Saved – Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
• His workmanship – Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Have you saturated yourself in the Gospel? If not, what is holding you back?
What circumstances do you allow to rob you of your true identity in Christ?
What verses do you turn to when you struggle with an identity crisis?
– Amanda Hanie