Growing In Faith
Who are you and what defines you? What is your identity? That’s a question many people struggle to answer. As a child, we are identified by our name and who our parents are. As we grow up we can be identified by what we do and the choices we make.
Too often, people base their identities on what they do (from their jobs to their roles in relationships), defining themselves by those pursuits. People may base their identity on mistakes they have made in the past or bad roads they have gone down. Thinking, "I will always be seen as the one who has had a problem or who got into trouble" But by doing this we significantly limit our lives. We are so much more than our past or present, so much more than our jobs or mistakes we made. God's Word tells us exactly who we are and the truth is that God intends for all people to find their identity in Christ.
Not knowing who you really are as a child and where and how you fit in can affect you for many, many years and impact all aspects of your relationships, including your relationship with God. Knowing who you are in Christ and what the Bible says about you can be extremely healing and beneficial for your life.
Not knowing who you are in Christ opens up a door for you to look for who you are in other people’s eyes. The problem with that is everyone will always have a different expectation of who you should be. You try to change yourself to please people, when really you can't please everyone and you end up frustrated and lost.
If you are a Christian, your identity is that of being a beloved child of God. Keeping in mind that your identity is found in Christ. Here is a list of things God calls you and how He identifies you to remind yourself who you are in Christ.
You are a saint.
The fact that you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ is enough to qualify you to be a saint. Even though you’ll still struggle with sin while you live in this fallen world, your core identity as a Christian is as a saint, not a sinner – and you can always count on Jesus’ help to overcome sin in your life. Rely on His help to resist temptation. When you do sin, confess and repent. Maintain attitudes of humility and gratitude for God’s grace
You are blessed.
God has given you the greatest blessing of all – Himself. No matter what other blessings God may or may not choose to send into your life, you can always be confident that God Himself will be with you, loving you, and working everything in your life out for good purposes when you trust Him.
You are saved.
Thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, you’re saved from: sin, death, Satan, your old human nature, and a pattern of worldly living.
You are heard.
God always hears and responds to your prayers when you are connected to Him through Jesus. Feel free to confidently express any of your thoughts and feelings to God at any time, expecting Him to listen to you and answer your prayers according to what’s best for you.
You are gifted.
God has given you special abilities that He wants you to use in the Christian ministry work He calls you to do – both inside your church, and out in your community. You can discover those gifts by asking yourself questions like: “Whom/where do you have a passion to serve?”, What do you have a burden to do?”, “What needs do you see in the church?”, “What do you find joy in doing for others?”, “What opportunities has God already provided for you to serve others?”, “What things are you best at and have the most success in?”, “What have godly people commended you for doing?”, and “What acts of service have given you the deepest sense of satisfaction?”
You are new.
Jesus placed a new spirit within you when you began a relationship with Him, so, at your core, you’re a new person than who you were before you became a Christian. However, you’ll keep learning and growing every day for the rest of your life as you gradually become more like Jesus.
You are forgiven.
Since Jesus paid the price that God’s justice demands for your sin and took God’s wrath for you upon Himself, you were forgiven for all of your sins (past, present, and future), when you placed your trust in Jesus. .
You are adopted.
As a Christian, you’ve been adopted into God’s family. The work of Jesus on the cross has made it possible for you to become one of the sons or daughters of God the Father.
You are loved.
While the people who love you can’t do so completely unselfishly, continually, or perfectly, God does. As a Christian, nothing can ever separate you from God’s great love for you.
You are victorious.
Jesus has given you the power to ultimately overcome evil, sin, and death. Use the spiritual weapons at your disposal as a Christian (truth, righteousness, the Gospel, faith, salvation, scripture, prayer, and the strength to stand) in spiritual battles, trusting that you can always emerge victorious.
Don't focus on fitting in within the world but focus on knowing who you are in Christ is something God placed in you, not what the world tells you that you are!
At the heart of what it means to be a Christian is to receive a new identity. In Jesus, we do not lose our true selves, but we become our true selves, only in Him!