So who do you think you are? Who are you really? People have different ways of identifying themselves. Some people’s identity is in themselves… who they believe they are. Others find their identity in what others say about them. Others find their identity in their circumstances; they define themselves by their failure or success, grief, etc. How about you? Where are you tempted to find your identity?
Understanding our identity in Christ is critical to a fruitful walk with the Lord. Your true identity is found in what God says you are. That is your valid ID. And this what God says about you: Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself (1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT). And 2 Corinthians 1:22 says, “And he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first instalment that guarantees everything he has promised us.” (NLT) Dr. Rick Warren has said, “Your faith will grow stronger as you focus on your identity in Christ.
Pastor Collin Smith has identified several ways understanding our identity in Christ changes our lives. When we understand our true identity in Christ we no longer chase after the desires of our flesh but instead seek to bring God glory in all areas of our life. We will not be crushed by our failures and weaknesses, fall into pride from worldly success, or despair over disappointments or tragedy. When we understand our true identity in Christ we no longer fear the future. Because we have peace with God, then we have nothing to fear on this earth. Our eternities are secure as adopted sons and daughters of Christ. When we understand our true identity in Christ we have no need to judge or compare ourselves to others. We seek to please Christ alone, in whom our identity is hidden. When we understand our true identity in Christ we will not be surprised when suffering comes, but we will be confident that it will produce things of eternal value, because just as Christ’s sufferings were not hopeless and wasted, neither will ours be.
In Christ you have a new identity! 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (NLT) You are no longer identified or known by your past. Praise God that He loves us enough to take our broken, rebellious hearts and, because of the sacrifice of His Son, offer us a new identity in Christ. Let’s not settle for anything less.
Point To Ponder:
God doesn’t want us to just go through suffering, but to grow thru suffering. Only those with the hope of Christ can do that. There is no good that comes from suffering if we are apart from Christ.