True, you’ve devoted your life to Christ and have been doing everything properly, but do you know who you are? Some people just recognize themselves as God’s child, but they have no notion what their true identity is. Something unfortunate about today’s Christians is that we’ve been quoting biblical texts regarding our identity without understanding them.
You won’t be able to completely exercise your rights unless you know your identity in Christ.
Most of the time, we define ourselves based on our accomplishments, occupations, financial capability, what others say about us, and a variety of other factors. When we put our identity in external objects, we can’t have a stable sense of ourselves. Why don’t we just decide to see ourselves the way God sees us?
According to Ephesians 1, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing; we have been chosen, adopted, redeemed, forgiven, grace-lavished and unconditionally loved and accepted. We are pure, blameless and forgiven. We have received the hope of spending eternity with God. When we are in Christ, these aspects of our identity can never be altered by what we do, Hallelujah.
According to 2 Corinthians 5 verse 21, For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
According to 1 John 3 verse 1, it says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
These three instances of scripture demonstrate a portion of our identity in Christ. What was been described isn’t all; being with Christ comes with a slew of other advantages.
We are given a new identity the moment we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior. However, once we have this identity, the challenge is to live as we are called. We don’t have to spend our life according to the dictates of external circumstances; doing so causes us to be inconvenient and lose confidence. We shall continue to live far below our rights and privileges in Christ if we do not grasp our identity in Him.
The way we think and live changes as we realize our identity in Christ. We were doomed for death, devastation, and poverty before we came to know Christ. We are now destined for eternal life and a life of plenty. However, we have a tendency to lose sight of our identity. It’s really sad that we wind ourselves racing after pointless material riches and sinful experiences in an attempt to “find ourselves,” to fit in, to be cool. to pretend to be someone we aren’t Your true identity is guarded by something far more valuable than possessions and experiences. We are not of this world, thus that identity is eternal.
In the Bible, God changed the identities of many people. Consider the lives of Simon Peter, Abraham, Gideon, David, and others. Our emotions should not decide our identity; instead, we must accept the reality of our new definition. Others may begin to view you as Christ sees you if you see yourself as Christ sees you. Your behaviour and life will reveal God’s love if you are stable and confident in your identity in Him.
It’s time for us to take a stand and be the people God created us to be. We also need to make the devil aware of Who We Are in Christ. If he tries to attack us again, we can throw our shoulders back and yell, “Don’t even think about messing with me. I’m identified with Christ!”
I’d like to ask you this: if you face a time of trial and tribulation, will you maintain your identity? Will you not make an exception? Isn’t it going to define you?