Unmasked: Finding your identity

Saturday, January 19, 2013

In all of creation, identity is a challenge only for humans. A tulip knows exactly what it is. It is never tempted by false ways of being. Nor does it face complicated decisions in the process of becoming. So it is with dogs, rocks, trees, stars, amoebas, electrons, and all other things. All give glory to God by being exactly what they are. For in being what God means them to be, they are obeying Him. Humans however, encounter a more challenging existence. We think. We consider options. We decide. We act. We doubt. Simple being is tremendously difficult to achieve and fully authentic being is extremely rare. Body and Soul contain thousands of possibilities out of which we can build many identities.”
~David Benner – The Gift of Being Yourself

It's time to find our true Identities and see exactly who it is God made us to be.

Who am I? It's a question we've all asked ourselves at some point in our lives...maybe even several times. But what really defines us? Is it the job that we have? Or the car that we drive? Or is it even where we go to church that defines who we are? We live in a world caught up in titles, labels and definitions. But we shouldn't allow the world around us to define who we are, instead what should matter is who Christ says we are.

To Him I am:

1. Accepted:
Eph.. 1:4-8 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. )

Genesis 1:27 (ESV) says that we were created in the image of God:
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

2. Significant:
Eph. 2:10 "For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]);" (Amplified)

"For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." (NLT)

3. Secure:
2 Corinthians 1:21-22But it is God Who confirms and makes us steadfast and establishes us [in joint fellowship] with you in Christ, and has consecrated and anointed us [enduing us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit]; [He has also appropriated and acknowledged us as His by] putting His seal upon us and giving us His [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as the security deposit and guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise]).

4. I am Gods child!
1 Thess. 5:5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness,

1 Peter 2:5 And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God).