Who do you think you are? Our culture is currently obsessed with this question. We’ve tried to define ourselves in so many different ways over the years, all in an attempt to “find ourselves.” Honestly, it’s something that the entire human race has in common. We all want to know and understand our identity. We crave to know who we are, where we come from, and what we are destined to become.
The world has filled this need for identity with plenty of labels. In fact, there are so many labels to choose from these days, that it’s easy to become utterly confused. Without identity, we flounder; and the enemy knows this. We lose our hope, our purpose, and are easily tossed about by the waves of modern culture. We can clearly see this happening in our world today; but unfortunately, the church is not immune to this problem either. The enemy would love nothing more than to steal our identity in Christ.
The enemy is the ultimate identity thief.
Here are 2 reasons why we need to protect our God-given identities from being stolen:
- Knowing who we truly are, defines our purpose.
This is true in both everyday life as well as our Christian walk. If we know who we are and who we were created to be, our purpose becomes clear.
As children of God, we learn to rely on Him as our Father and grow to be more like Him every day.
As the temple of the Holy Spirit, we guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
As co-heirs with Christ, we store our treasure in heaven and look forward to a glorious inheritance.
As citizens of heaven, we live our lives in a way that represents the Kingdom well.
As victorious conquerors, we learn to stand in victory in the midst of trials.
As God’s masterpiece, we recognize His unconditional love towards us as His beloved creation.
You were meant to conquer, to grow, to expect the impossible, and to love and forgive unconditionally. All of these (and more) are part of your identity in Christ. They not only tell you who you are, but they define your God-given purpose as a child of God.
If you understand your identity in Christ, you will know what God has for you to accomplish – your life will have both purpose and meaning.
- If we aren’t aware of who we truly are in Christ, it’s easy for the enemy to make us believe lies about ourselves.
Since the enemy’s main goal for us as Christians is to keep us from being effective in our faith, it’s only logical to assume that he enjoys attacking our identity as God’s children.
If the enemy can convince you that you are less than a conqueror, he can keep you in a place of defeat – a place where you don’t claim the victory that already belongs to you as a child of God.
Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. – Romans 8:35-37
Notice how this passage says “in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer.” So what are “all these things”? Well according to these verses we are conquerors when it comes to trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and even the sword. Yes, we are victorious even to the point of death.
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*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.