As young adults, there is SO much pressure to get a good job, make money and climb the corporate ladder, discover ourselves through travelling the world, and of course, finding 'the one'. All the while, trying our hardest to look our best 24/7, keep up with social media, and develop relationships that will last a lifetime.
It's a season of life that's both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. But if we're not careful, we can start to base our value off our friendships, relationships, career or our body image.
TODAY, I’m talking about IDENTITY.
I know for me, I’ve found my identity in all sorts of things.
When I was at uni, I found my identity in what I was studying, which was journalism and business.
When I got a boyfriend, I found my identity in him, or the idea of us.
When I got a well-paying job with a lot of responsibility, and listened to people’s praises, I found my identity in my job.
But when I trusted God, took a leap of faith and quit that job to work on She is Light full time, I couldn’t find my identity in those things anymore.
When people asked me what I did, I would always try and tell them about what I used to do. I guess that’s because I wanted them to think I was successful. My identity was wrapped up in other people’s ideas of me!
No matter where we are at in life, it’s so easy to wrap our identity up in our job, the car we own, what we’re studying, or even what we’re passionate about. We define ourselves by these things.
What are the things that you identify yourself with?
Maybe you identify yourself with your past - the way you grew up, the mistakes you’ve made or the things that have unfairly been done to you.
Maybe you’ve held on so tightly to those things that they have changed the way you see yourself and the way you see your future.
Honestly, I think the devil would want you to believe that this is who you are. Don’t be fooled - The devil would want you to have limited thinking and limit our beliefs about the future.
Or maybe your identity is wrapped up in your image.
Maybe it’s wrapped up in your job? Your college or university degree? Your friends? Your boyfriend?
But I want to ask you a question, so listen in closely.
If all of those things were taken from you, who would you be? Where would your identity lie?
Would you crumble and fall apart? Or would your identity lie in something that is unshakeable and that stands the test of time.
As Christians, we need to find our identity in Christ. There is just no other way!
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) tells us that when we become a christian, we assume a new identity.
"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
That same verse in The Living Translation says, "When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun!" (NLT)
When you and I accepted Christ into our lives we became a new creation - the old things passed away and we became a new person. No longer the same, we started a new life.
Take note of how the New King James version says all things have become new. That’s not just some things. That’s not just the things that were kind of bad or maybe a small mistake. That’s not just the past, that’s ALL things.
Everything in your past, your present and your future was made new. You assumed a new identity - one that is in Christ.
Let’s look into this a bit further and see what Ephesians 2:1-7 has to say.
“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!). For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.”
- Ephesians 2:1-7 (NLT)
So not only has God, because of his great love and grace, made us alive with Christ. But he has raised us up together with Christ, and seated us in the heavenly places with Jesus.
So why would we put our identity in our job, in our money, in our own passions and desires, in a boy, in the approval of another human being when God has given us a new identity in Jesus.
An identity where we are are seated in the same position that Jesus is in.
This means that God sees you as He sees Jesus. WOW.
From the very day you accepted Jesus into your life and forevermore, God is showing you the exceeding riches of his grace and his kindness, as he would to his own son, Jesus.
Your identity is in Jesus.
If this post has helped you, I want you to comment a big YES in the comments section below, and tell me one thing you've put your identity in.