We live in a culture where our identity is either our crown, or our defeat. We tend to put labels on people, group people, and try to figure people out before they even have a chance to let us know who they are. Often there can be a security that comes from knowing what we label ourselves as or what we form as our “identity”. We place our identity in the cars we drive, in the careers we have, in the activities we do, our age, where we live, and even in our sexual preferences.
And as much as these things can bring security to the people who hold these identities and labels, they also have the power to bind us and lock us in cages when we feel that we cannot change from the identity that has been given to us by others. We find ourselves sometimes giving out titles like loser, failure, addict, lost, depressed, outcast, criminal which has the ability to negatively affect a person’s fate.
The Identity of a Child
Now let’s contrast that to the identity of being in a family–what level of security is given to a person who knows who they are and where they belong? We got to see this first hand when we adopted our son Samuel. Here was a 3 year old child, who lost his family, and had the label “orphan”. He was alone, hopeless, and ultimately had no way to survive. Yet by God’s calling and will alone, we were able to bring him into our family and give him a new identity and a new access because of who he now belongs to–he is part of our family!
Jesus Has Given Us Identity
I was reading this morning in John 1: 11-13, which says “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” Specifically, when John says, “But to all who did receive Him”, it is understood that we are given the right to become children of God!
As we continually grow in Christ, our identity begins to change. No longer do we label ourselves or see others as successful or unsuccessful, young or old, doctor, business person, unemployed, addicted, motivated, or any other identity. We are Children of God! It is our greatest identity that should give us our ultimate worth, and our ultimate security to live our lives the way God called us to live for him!
Always remember to delight yourself in that truth!