You've undoubtedly heard the term "identity crisis." We live in a time where many people, both in and out of the body of Christ are experiencing an identity crisis… In other words, we don’t know who we are in Christ! We’ve lost our identity.

 

confusionAre you confused about your identity? God is not the author of confusion nor does He want  you to be confused about your identity in Him.

Who am I? Many of us may have asked this question a one time or another. It is an inward desire to discover who we are. It is imperative that we know who we are in and apart from Jesus and are reminded of these truths regularly.

Where are you tempted to find your identity?

Our true identity is when we seek to understand who we are in in relationship to Jesus Christ.  For many years I didn’t know what the Bible says regarding my identity in Christ, as a result, I attempted to substitute an identity based on society, my achievements or failures, education and professional work successes, and family.

I learned that I was created by a God who loves me, I don’t have to derive my self-worth from stuff or situations. Instead, I can be happy in the midst of any situation, since my happiness comes from an entirely different place. It’s only when I anchor my happiness in that which will not change, that I can truly be happy. And I sure many other feel the same way today. id-in-christ

Because we're human beings with souls, we naturally need to find identity somewhere, in something, or in someone. So, when we forget that our identity is found "in Christ", we're going to default to a substitute identity.

Are you tempted to find your identity in your spouse, your children, your relationship with others, a friend, a "celebrity" that we know, or even our pastor!  Or are you tempted to find your identity in what you achieve, or perhaps your possessions.

None of these, people, possessions or achievements will provide us with life, contentment, happiness, and joy, so when we ask them to be our source of identity, it's only a matter of time before they fail us.

Who am I?

Your true identity... is more than who you see in the mirror. … is more than the family you had or didn’t have. … is more than just the sum total of your past, present or future mistakes. … is more than what others think about you or even what you think about yourself. Your true identity has everything to do with who God says you are! “Therefore if anyone in Christ, they are a new creation, The old is gone, behold, the new has come!”  2 Corinthians 5:17 

The gospel provides truth about a believer’s new identity in Christ. Passages such as Romans 6:15-18, 2 Peter 1:3-9, and 1 John 3:1-3 explain this identity for us. We learn that we are children of God, adopted into his family, and receive all the benefits that accompany being in God’s household. 62174d785587129d4b7c4e94f8ed55c9

The book of Ephesians was written by the Apostle Paul to help the people of God know who they are in Christ and to walk in a manner worthy of this calling (4:1). The apostle Paul is concerned with three aspects of identity.  Our knowledge of God is foundational to knowing our identity.

When we forget who we are in Christ, we quit pursuing what belongs to us in Christ. Don’t lose your identity in Christ to impersonate the world. Don't forget who you are in Christ!

You are a child of God! You are accepted in the beloved! You are more than a conqueror!