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We can avoid identity crises by finding our identity in Christ.
This is one of my favorite pics from our Vacation Bible School this year! We had water games and all our 5th & 6th graders stuck their name tags on Carrie and dubbed her “The Name Tag Nanny!”
She appeared to be having an identity crisis! That got me to thinking…
How often do we have identity crises? When life changes, as it often does, it may cause us to feel like our identity changes with it. When our job changes, we may go from identifying ourselves as “employed” or a job title such as a “librarian” or “nurse” to “unemployed” or “retired.” No longer does that skill or title define us. When our family changes, we may go from “mom or dad of (insert child’s name)” to “empty-Nester” or “unknown.” Other family changes may be due to a change in marital status or a broken relationship. Our health may change causing us to go from “able” to “dependent.” Life brings so many changes – both natural and those caused by circumstances. Many of these changes can bring feelings of fear and uncertainty.
But the Good News is that when we become a believer in Christ, our identity is made certain because God doesn’t change. (Hebrews 13:8)
No longer is our identity based on what we do or who we are, but on
Whose we are. We are now forgiven, accepted, redeemed, declared
righteous, and so much more based on Who Jesus is. Now we find our identity in Christ!
We may know this in our heads, but how do we live this new identity out and not revert to our old ways of thinking? God’s Word speaks to this!
Ephesians 4:23-24 says we are – “to be made new in the attitude of your minds. And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Living out our new identity in Christ has to take root in our thinking – “our attitude of our minds.” It must be based on Who God is – “His likeness,” not on ourselves.
Recently this has become an active part of my quiet time with God which has helped me. As I read Scripture, I look for Who He is – a name, characteristic, or comparison. Then I write who I am in contrast or who I am because of Who He is. Here are just a few examples:
When I focus on Who Christ is, it helps me accurately clarify who I am.
In Christ, I am God’s child! John 1:12 – “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,”
In Christ, I have been made new! 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.“
In Christ, I live for Him! Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
His love changes everything…even my identity! We don’t have to be a
“Name Tag Nanny” wearing everyone else’s name tags when we can wear one
that says we belong to Jesus! Let's find our identity in Christ.
Here are 27 Scriptures that identify who we are in Christ. We are accepted, secure & significant! Let's share this Good News with others today!
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