All of us have an identity.
- Our heritage
- Our career
- Our children’s career
- Our past
- Our marital status
- A trauma
- A gifting or talent
- Our ministry
- A success or award
Whatever it is, there is something in our life that we identify ourselves with and we feel defines who we are.
But here’s the thing:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
The moment we received Christ our identity changed. Very much like the moment I got married my last named changed. I am no longer known as Rosilind Hackett. I am now Rosilind Jukić.
What’s more is that our identity in Christ isn’t just a spiritual identity.
It is an identity that is meant to take over our whole entire lives: Our heart, soul, mind, and body!
No longer should our heritage, career, marital status, failure, success, or anything else define who we are. Because Jesus Christ, Himself, has become our identity.
But the enemy is forever trying to get us to default back to old identities. He’ll do everything in his power to get us to identify with our old man, and when he succeeds in that, we begin living less and less like Jesus.
He will use circumstances, disappointments, rejection, hurtful words…anything he can to get us to respond with thoughts like: “I knew I wouldn’t do well with that project. I always fail at whatever I do.” or “I know I gave that guy a piece of my mind, but hey – I’m Irish. My red hair was just showing.”
Or he’ll get us back into a deep pit of self-pity, nursing an old victim mentality.
Or he’ll make sure our lives revolve around the fact that we’re single; so we can’t rejoice when a friend gets married. He’ll get us all wrapped up in the fact that we’ve had multiple miscarriages so that we can’t rejoice when a sister in Christ finds out she’s expecting.
We live in a culture that is so labeled and identifies so strongly with temporal stuff of this world and demands to be tolerated – even coddled.
- Those whose identity is wrapped up in being single are offended when people emphasize marriage.
- Women whose identity is wrapped up in their infertility are offended by Mother’s Day, and now churches are left in a quandary every year.
- Those who identify as being special-needs parents are hurt when parents brag about their children’s successes or abilities.
- Those who identify with their weight are offended by moms who brag about their weight loss or fitness abilities
These misplaced identities have made us overly sensitive and easily offended. God never intended us to live this way because He always intended us to identify with ourselves as new creations in Jesus Christ!
He always intended us to identify as citizens of heaven, not of earth!
There are two quotes by my dad that I constantly remind myself of:
“Your past and present circumstances do not have to determine your future or your identity.”
“Failure is an event, not an identity.”
Let’s begin renewing our mind by praying scripture daily and filling our hearts and minds with what God says we are, as we reject the world’s message of who it wants us to be!
Are you with me?
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