IDENTITY

Throughout the world it would seem, people are having identity crises. They can’t ascertain what gender they are, though it is evident, not only by the genitalia they were born with, but in their DNA. Why is this happening? I believe it’s because we are getting further and further away from our Creator. We’ve been made in his image and his likeness. God made us his masterpiece, but we’re trying to remake it. That’d be like taking Michelangelo’s statue of David and chipping away at it to make it look the way we wanted it to look. 

Let’s start at the beginning. 

Gen. 1:27 So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself;     male and female he created them. NLT

We are made in God’s image. When a man and a woman come together and conceive a baby, the baby has genes from each of the parents.  The baby looks like one of or a little of both of the parents. As children grow, oftentimes they act like one parent or the other. When God created us, he made us to look like him. His seed is in us, our attributes are like him. As we focus on being made in his image, we begin to act like he acts.

Colossians 2:10 states that we are complete in Christ. I John 4 tells us that as Jesus is so are we in this world. We are one spirit with the Lord, according to 1 Corinthians 6:17. There are many other scriptures that tell us we are one with the Lord.

Practically, what do we do with this? It’s nice to know, but how do we use it in our everyday life?

 

Joshua 1 shares that as we think about God’s word, we see ourselves doing it. When we don’t see ourselves the way God sees us, we have an identity crisis. We act in a way we weren’t created to act. It’s like when someone doesn’t take care of their car, it doesn’t respond according to the manufacturer’s specifications. When we take care of it the way the manual tells us to, it runs great.

 

It’s the same in our walk with God. As we focus on what his word says about us, we act the way he made us to. It’s because our identity is founded in him, not in our circumstances or in what people say about us.

 

James 3:16 tells us “where envy and strife is there is confusion and every evil work.” When we are confused about our identity, we don’t believe what God says about us. We want to be someone else. Scripturally, strife in a person has to do with not believing what God says about them. When someone is confused about who they are, it usually has to do with wanting to be someone else and not holding onto what God’s word says he made us to be. 

I want to encourage you to take time to think about what the Bible says about you. You are a new creation in Christ. You are created in God’s image and likeness. You are God’s child. As Jesus is so are you in this world. As you think about it, the confusion will leave and you’ll walk more and more in the confidence of who you are in Christ.