We all have our identity. I used to think of fingerprints, driver’s license, birth certificate and things like that when I thought about identity. As I’ve gotten older I see that it’s much more than that.
My identity for the longest time hinged on my past. I felt I needed to be and act tough because of my past; I needed to be mean and angry because of my past. Not realizing that what I do today becomes the past for tomorrow and in that I only grew worse. Drinking became a problem, drugs at times were a problem, sex and women became a problem. Everything was based off of past experience and most of those were negative. Jobs became tough because I felt since I was looking at my past so was everyone else. I began to treat things as if they were going to fail just because of my past. Hope wasn’t really a thing for me and I learned to just take things in stride.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul tells us that we are a new creation in Christ. While that is an easy thing for some to accept, it was and, at times, still hard for me to grasp. My identity is no longer in my past mistakes but in the Redemptive Blood of Jesus. He has made all things new and the old has passed away.
The enemy still tries to remind me of my past. The person I once was. Sometimes it’s tough, but I must remind myself of who I am in God’s eyes. He no longer sees my past sins. Psalms 103:12 tells us that God cast our sins as far as the east is from the west. It’s up to us, it up to me to leave them there.
When we accept Christ and ask for forgiveness (1 John 1:9) we start the journey. The journey to find our new identity in Christ. To conform to be more like Him. Jesus used the example of a new birth (John 3:1-21). We have been adopted into a new family (God’s Family), only the old family (the world) doesn’t want to let us go. We have to fight and press on to find our new identity in our new family. This takes prayer, reading God’s Word and discipleship from other followers of Christ. We must be 100% committed or it won’t work. There isn’t room for multiple identities. The misconception is that we can be both and here lies the crisis. With God it’s all or nothing. Yes we are all a work in progress but that is not a free ticket to sin. It’s not a free pass to remain in the filth that Jesus has cleansed us of.
Today we must choose, every day we must choose, which family we are an active member of. It is an adoption in Christ’s family, not joint custody with the world. I am far from perfect but so much a better person than I was before Christ. It’s not easy to be in the world and not of the world, but then again, we weren’t promised easy.
I pray that today is the day for you. That today is the day the identity crisis stops. That today you choose to pursue Jesus and His identity for you. It’s never too late and it is rewarding.
I pray you will follow us through this blog and on social media. This can be a valuable resource to help you and others find their identity in Christ. We are in this war called life together. It is time we step off the sidelines and get in the game.