Identity Crisis (Pt. 2)

Read 1 Corinthians 6:17, Romans 6:6, Ephesians 2:10, and Ephesians 4:24.

Earlier this week I posted about the identity crisis that is going on in our society right now and how it fuels the deviant behavior we see far too often today. If you haven’t gotten a chance to read that yet, you can find it here to learn more about the driving factors of this.

All of the issues discussed in that post lead to the main question who am I and place confusion on who we are meant to be. But there is an answer to that question that will eradicate any question of value, purpose, or identity. It isn’t found where people seem to be searching most, nor is it found in the validation of another person.

One of the biggest things I’m learning in my degree courses right now is making sure you’re asking the right question in order to solve the right problem. I think this extends far beyond entrepreneurship or some business issue, and it gives us some insight as to why we can’t seem to quite find the right answer to the burning question of who we are. We find the solution that leads to fullness by changing the question. No longer do we ask “who am I” but “who does He say I am?”

When you greet the question of identity with the truth of who God says you are, there is no longer a question. In fact, the best way to drive out the vulnerability and insecurity of a misplaced identity is with the truth of God’s word.

So, who does God say you are?

First and foremost you are His child. Scripture tells us that we are created in God’s image (Eph. 4:24) and that he sees us as his masterpiece created for good works (Eph. 2:10). He calls us beautiful and without flaw (Song. 2:4). When we have this validation of our worth, our beauty, and our image from God, we have no need to search for it in man. Your identity as a child of God nullifies any necessity for more. 

Second, you are renewed (2 Cor. 5:17). The very definition of “renew” is to replace something that is broken or worn out. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we see this word so much in the Bible. No matter what you have done or will do, you are a new creation. Yesterday belongs to Jesus, and that is true every day. You are a new creation. Because of this, scripture tells us that we are victorious – no longer slaves to sin (Rom. 6:6). You are not bound by your mistakes. You are able to rise, to overcome, because God has declared your sin irrelevant.

And finally, you have a purpose. As followers of Christ, we are called his servants (Gal. 5:13). Not only does God warn us against using the freedom we gain through him for sin, he urges us to use it to seek the best for each other through serving each other. In His image, God designed us with a desire to serve others. This to me means that this longing we have to find purpose in others is not all wrong, it’s just misguided. We you recognize that your freedom in Christ gives you a purpose to serve, we no longer seek out validation of our actions by society’s standards, but by God’s.

Think of it this way. If two planes start off at the same airport with the same destination in mind, but the trajectory of one is off by a small bit, they could end up in completely different places. Our longing to feel valued, to be renewed, and to have a purpose has been hardwired into us as humans for our benefit of finding it in God. If our enemy can convince us in the smallest way that we should search elsewhere for these things, we could end up in a totally different place than where God intended. In the middle of all the world is telling us to be, we must hold onto the truth of who God says we are and there find the foundation of our identity.

 

Abby Shrewsbury


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