Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m trying to find myself”? Or maybe someone has told you that they are hoping to define themselves by doing or achieving something. Perhaps you have asked the question, “Who am I?” These kinds of existential questions and desires are common in a world that devalues truth and humility and flocks instead to fakeness and celebrity.
Our identities, no matter how hard we try, cannot be created by our own efforts. A pot cannot determine what it is or what its use should be. What is being made and what it is supposed to be used for can only be determined by the potter. The same is true with our identities. The truth that the Bible proclaims, and that the world fails to grasp, is that identity is not earned by effort or produced through the power of positive thinking. Your identity and my identity are given to us by our creator. He alone determines who we are and what our purpose is. In other words, identity is not achieved but received.
In Galatians 6:15 Paul writes this statement:
For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
Paul knows that the only thing of true value is what Christ has done on behalf of those he loves. Our identities must not be tied up in anything but Christ.
When Jesus saves a person, they are given a new identity. Who they are and what their purpose in life is, is completely changed in and through Christ.
Let’s look at a few things that the Bible says about the identity of those who are in Christ:
1. In Christ you were chosen by God before creation.
“God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world” Eph. 1:4
2. In Christ you are loved by God with an inseparable love.
“I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” Rom. 8:38-39
3. In Christ you are redeemed and forgiven for all your sins.
In Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses” Eph. 1:7
4. In Christ you are made right before God and the righteousness of God in Christ is given to you.
“For our sake God made Christ to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” 2 Cor. 5:21
5. In Christ we are adopted into His family and are the sons and daughters of God.
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. Gal. 3:26
Chosen, loved, forgiven, justified, adopted, sons and daughters of God; these are all constant and eternal spiritual realities for every believer. This means that when the devil tries to tell us that we are just an accident, and that no one really cares for us; we remember that we were specifically chosen and loved by God. When we are reminded of our sin and start to feel the shame and guilt of our old lives, we remember that we are not our past behavior. We are not even the same person anymore. In Christ we are a completely new creation and this new creation is forgiven, made right before God, and adopted into His family.
Questions for Reflection
In what earthly things are you prone to find your value? How is finding your worth in achievements, statuses, and attributes a counterfeit and fleeting kind of value? How would your life be different if you kept these things constantly in your mind?
Who do you know that needs to hear these truths? What can you do to live out of your new identity in Christ?