Who are you? What defines you? What is your identity? How you answer those questions changes everything. So, it’s key to get the answer right.
I believe how we answer this question is the root of many of the problems that we face today. That is why we are taking 16 weeks this Winter/Spring discussing our true identity. The issue of misplaced identity is pertinent to everyone, make no mistake. But, there are many reasons that I believe this is even more magnified for us – those who work in the entertainment industry. I will detail some of those reasons in upcoming posts, but first, let’s see what the Bible says about who you are.
We often find ourselves living FOR an identity (acceptance, success, fame, money, perception), not FROM our God-given identity. Through His Word, God shows us over and over who we are, who we have become and are becoming if we have put our faith and hope in Jesus Christ.
In his new book ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Pastor Mark Driscoll says it this way, “This world’s fundamental problem is that we don’t understand who we truly are–children of God made in his image–and instead define ourselves by any number of things other than Jesus.” (p. 2)
In the New Testament, there are countless places where we learn of our identity because of the finished work of Jesus. Here are just a few:
- You are God’s child | John 1:12
- You are a friend of Jesus | John 15:15
- You are free from condemnation | Romans 8:1-2
- You are a citizen of heaven | Philippians 3:20
- You are God’s workmanship | Ephesians 2:10
- You cannot be separated from the love of God | Romans 8:28
- You are complete in Christ | Colossians 2:9-10
- You’ve been chosen by God and adopted as his child | Ephesians 1:3-8
This is who God says you are. Who’s opinion could be more important than God’s….The creator, all-powerful, all-knowing Father?
In Romans 8, Paul comes to a conclusion:
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (Romans 8:31-35 ESV)
How will you be defined?
Join us every Tuesday night at 7:30 as we talk about finding our true identity in Christ.
- We will be reading the new book, ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, while studying Ephesians all Spring. Check out an excerpt from the book here.
- The Most Important Question You’ll Ever Answer (via pastormark.tv)