Have you ever heard the term “identity crisis”? Developmental psychologist Erik Erikson coined the phrase describing the stages in his opinion that characterize our lives as we struggle to find ourselves from birth to death.
There are many contributing factors in today’s society that leave many a man, woman and child wondering and doubting who and what they are, and where they fit into the scheme of things in life. People living in an“identity crisis” have an uncertain sense of self and are looking for ways to find their identity.
In Christ we are given divine ability to come to grips with who we are, and arrive at a firm identity that prepares us for the road ahead and find our “spiritual identity” in grace.
Identity achievement is ours as a gift of grace in Christ. We have been given an identity that will never change. Our identity is given to us by God Himself, by the blood of Christ, embracing us as a member of His immediate family. At the dinner table of God, our seat is reserved by the Lamb of God. In Christ, there is no identity crisis, as we have received our identity embedded in the foundation of grace, and achieved by the mercy of God. Let me explain what our identity in Christ is.
We are children of God – God knows who we are and as our Father He touches our spirit and confirms that we are His children. Romans 8:16
We have been saved. The good thing is that it was God’s idea to save us. All we have to do is believe and allow grace to establish our identity in the blood of the Lamb. We have been saved, and we had nothing to do with it. Ephesians 2:7-8 tells us that our salvation is all his idea, and all his work. We cannot save ourselves. God does all the saving.
We are protected by God. He tells us in Isaiah 46:4 – I have carried you on my back from the day you were born, and I will keep on carrying you when you’re old. I will be there, supporting you when you are old and gray. I have done it and will keep on doing it, carrying you on my back, saving you. From the cradle to the grave, God has us covered.
As archetypes of Christ, we are to be imitators of His identity. Ephesians 5:1 tells us to observe the actions of God, and then do the same, as faithful, honorable children who learn proper behavior from their Father. Keep close to the Lord, and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loves us. His love is not restrained but extravagant. He loves us not to get something from us but to give everything to us.
As we discover and carry out our identity in Christ, we will find ourselves victorious in life. He promises and assures us of this in Romans 8:37- With God on your side, how can you lose? God did not hesitate to put everything on the line for us, but embraced us with grace by exposing himself to the tragedy and nature of man in order to rescue us from sin. There is nothing that He will not gladly and freely do for us. Christ our Lord died for us—was raised to life for us—and now sits at the right hand of the Father in intercession for us. There is not anyone or anything that can drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us. Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not crisis, not hardship, not even the worst of sins listed in Scripture can separate us from the love of God.
Look and see how powerful our identity in Christ is. It is amazing; it is unbelievable. We have a new identity written by the Blood of the Lamb, documented in the Lamb’s book of Life and given all authority by the Creator in His Word. As recipients of an identity purchased by grace, we are to live it, breathe it, act upon it and use it to fulfill who we are in Christ. We are a child of the King and this life on earth is but a start. We will have all eternity to spend with our Lord, realizing our identity in Him and with Him. This should make us all rejoice as we have a firm sense of who we are in Christ and delight in the choice to abide in grace that we have made. The only “identity crisis” in life, is one without Christ.
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