As time goes on and we grow closer to God and grow older in Christ, we’ll find ourselves at many different cycles of our Christianity. The more we progress in our walk with God we’ll one day start to question who our identity is. Sometimes It could be a scary thing. For me, sometimes I lose who that identity is as I try to figure out who I want to be in Christ and what I want my career to be.
So far, my observation of the church, particularly the singles ministry, a common misconception is to look at those who are a part of the singles ministry as men and women who have yet to find their identity. Maybe you are currently in the singles ministry and are feeling some of those feelings. it’s understandable especially considering the current times.
Somewhere along the line our occupation, careers, pay grade, wealth, educational status, degrees, relationship status, etc. somehow now defines who we are. Those who aren’t defined by that I commend you and encourage you to live out your identity to glorify God. But then there are those of us who do struggle with trying to figure out who their identity is.
Many people define who they are by what they do or what they are a part of. We learn that from being raised in the world and it would put us at an unfortunate disadvantage if we don’t admit that we carry that with us into the church, into our relationships, and more importantly into our relationship with Christ. In fact, it may as well be part of the “baggage” that we carry around with us and might have forgotten that it’s weighing us down.
I intend to encourage those who are having a hard time with their identity. As if changing your life isn’t enough – becoming a baptized disciple of Christ, repenting of your sins and now rebuilding your life and character by the standard of Jesus isn’t enough of an identity transformation, but now a few years more or less into your relationship with Christ you’re at a point in your life where you’re having this dialog with yourself:
“I’ve changed my life to follow Jesus. I’ve immersed myself in the scriptures doing everything I can to do my best to hold to his teaching, obeying his commands, and binding the word around my neck, writing them on the tablet of my heart. But now, who am I? What does my identity look like in Christ?”
God is the creator of heaven and earth. The ruler of all creation. Agreed? He is the name above all names, alpha and omega. Our God is a star breathing God, just the sound of his voice has the ability to create entire universes. This is the identity of the God that we worship. There is no doubt that his identity is sublime. The highest, most supreme of all identities.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26-27 NIV, 1984. This is our identity. This is who God, the creator of all, has created us to be. Our identity is of divinity! Created to be like God, we have a very special unique quality of our human being that no other thing in all of creation shares. As mankind, as man and women created in his image and likeness, out of ALL of creation, we are the only thing or being that can communicate with God in all the ways that we can. We are the only thing in all of creation that God has ever sacrificed of himself for anything he has created. This is part of our identity.
Psalm 8 (NIV, 1984)
“1 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.
2 From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
The author of Psalm 8 reveals his wonder and awe of the identity of man. We can see how the Psalmist is amazed by the wonderful things that God has created, yet above all those things, “what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” (v.4-5). This offers a championing perspective over any of our worries, insecurities, and questions about who we are, doesn’t it? The image of who we think we are, what we’ve done, who we know, who knows of us, what our career is, what position we hold at work, how wealthy or not we are, or how intelligent we are; it’s all incomparable and insignificant to the truth of our identity. We were made in the image of God. We are HIS portion and even if you are the lowest of the lowest human being on earth, God has still created your identity and that identity is of divinity.
Thanks to the skitguys.com we have a visualization of God’s interaction and heart for us as his creation:
Don’t believe the myths and the lies. I can relate to the man in the video who is trying to be good and obey God’s commands and live his life to glorify Him, but through his journey he has listened to the myths and lies that Satan has schemed to discourage us and make us forget who we are. One of the hardest things about growing up as a kid is trying to figure out your identity. As disciples, what ever age you have become one at, we go through the same identity crisis and it’s just as hard to navigate through that journey as it is for a kid trying to figure out their identity. But take heart! You are God’s masterpiece and he works throughout your entire life to maintain his original masterpiece. Masterpiece: a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship; an artist’s or craftsman’s best piece of work (Oxford American Dictionaries).
We are God’s masterpiece. His best piece of work. He created us, we are good, and he will chisel out our lives to maintain the original masterpiece that we were created to be. This concept that we are made in God’s image, we are he’s most treasured possession, we are his portion; these ideas may be played out, we may have grown numb to it’s encouragement and inspiration, some may hear it as a tired expression, but it doesn’t change your identity. Truth is still true whether you believe it or not. And if the God of all creation created you specifically an original masterpiece and if he has spoken, then it is so. You are his original masterpiece.