You’ve heard the sermons, you’ve read the verses, you sing the songs…but something seems to be missing. While other people seem confident about who they are and function in their gifts easily, you struggle to feel comfortable in your own skin. There’s an underlying question that haunts you: who are you, really?
It’s a tricky spot. Because you NEED to know, but asking the question out loud feels unspiritual, unchristian even. What if I told you the Bible has something to say on the subject? That your very identity is written about in ancient scripture?
That’s crazy talk, I know. Because it’s true. Don’t believe me? Oh friend, we’re about to take a look.
But first, some house cleaning
I started the idea of talking about identity back in March. One thing has led to another, now it’s June and I’m just starting to revisit the topic. Sorry, my bad. But this is incredibly important to grasp, so let’s bring this back around.
Why exactly is identity so important? I’ve alluded to it in some other posts and I believe the crux of the matter is this: when we have a deep, complete understanding of who we really are, we have a deeper love for God and the ability to walk out our God-given purpose.
Walking around with only a vague understanding — or no understanding at all — is like living life as a glass half-full. No, this isn’t about being optimistic or pessimistic, it’s about being only half full, or functioning at half capacity. We understand only a fraction of what our lives can accomplish. Where as when we truly believe what the Bible says about us, it opens the door for a whole new level of trust. And when we trust God, we begin to live life to the fullest. And not just a glass-full kind of fullest, but an overflowing kind.
Why is it so hard to see who we really are?
There could be a lot of reasons. But I think the main one is this: there’s a different kind of identity thief on the prowl.
I love how Jennie Allen says, “Satan loves a man alone.” It’s true — if Satan can keep us isolated — guarded, doubting, or questioning who we are — he can speak lies into our lives. And we believe him.
We believe we have nothing to contribute.
That we’re just another face in the crowd.
That we are worthless. Powerless. That God doesn’t really love us.
Let me say right now: that is not what God says about you. That is not who He created you to be. And we’ll look at scripture to back it up.
Let’s make this personal
If you caught my post on how my identity story started, you know I’m a bit of an odd duck. Growing up in church and hearing all the canned messages on Christian identity made me feel like anything but the perfect poster child. So I struggled to grasp my identity in Christ. For years I thought I “didn’t have it” and somehow needed to claim it/accept it/grow into it/whatever.
Worse, I remember feeling that if I took the plunge – if I traded what I thought my identity was for what the Bible said – I would be dooming myself to a life of submissive drudgery and become a mindless Christian drone.
What I didn’t realize was my identity is fixed. I already am exactly who God created me to be. He thought me up before the creation of time. And trading who I thought I was for who I really am was freeing. It didn’t doom me to drudgery, it set me free to live the passionate, untamed, adventurous life I craved.
What does that mean for you? It means you’re identity in Christ and your unique design work in gorgeous harmony. Every intelligent, robust, colorful part of you was purposefully planned by your Heavenly Father. That’s why He inspired scripture to talk about it, because sometimes you need the reminder of who you are really.
So what exactly does it mean to have your “identity in Christ?” It means…
…God chose you. You belong to Him. He specifically plucked you out of darkness so you can live in the light with Christ, and proclaim Him (1 Peter 2:9)
…you are clean. Jesus’ blood forgave you for every sin (Ephesians 1:7)
…you are created complete and fully by the Ultimate Creator. You know, the guy who has authority over every spiritual and earthly power. Yeah, Him. (Colossians 2:10).
…you are God’s brain-child — His special project. Created to accomplish good things, which He specifically prepared just for you (Ephesians 2:10).
…God dearly loves you (John 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 1:4).
..Jesus lives in you, and you live in Him (Galatians 2:20)
…you are holy and blameless because of His love (Ephesians 1:4).
…you have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).
… you are a joint-heir with Christ. (Romans 8:17)
… you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37)
Did you catch that? As a born-again Christian, there are no gaps in your design. No missing pieces, no wrong parts. God created you specifically and intentionally. He loves you dearly. When He looks at you, He sees Jesus. And he’s not holding anything back from you.
There’s no special training, no ceremony or level of spiritual maturity you need to reach before you achieve your God-given identity. Sure, sometimes we need to let God unmuck our hearts so we can see the lies we’ve believed instead of the truth. But Christian, your identity is exactly what it should be. Today – right now.