It’s no secret that today there is much confusion about identity. People of all ages, Christians and unbelievers alike are unaware of who they really are. The simple truth is that only God, the Creator of every person, has the knowledge and authority to tell people who they are. God has been around since before time began, it’s safe to say that He knows more than people who live a hundred or so years. Because each of the 7+ billion people alive today are unique, with different fingerprints, different voices, faces, and purposes, we cannot find our identity by looking to people. We need to look to God. If you were to paint or draw a picture you know what it is intended to be better than anyone else. We are all on the journey of becoming who God created us to be, He still has the paint brush in hand, shaping us into His perfect image.
The consequences of not knowing who we are mostly hurt us. If we are unaware of our true identity we hinder ourselves from doing what God created us to do. While it’s possible to use a table as a chair, and use a chair as a table, you’ll be much better off using them for what they were created to be.
One of my favorite instructions Jesus told His disciples is “Follow me and I will make you.” You can be a Christian and experience little or no change, but you can’t follow Jesus without experiencing His transformation. Eve believed in God, but she didn’t know her identity which gave the devil the perfect opportunity to deceive her. The devil came saying “follow my instructions and you will be like God.” Eve already was like God, created in His image and likeness, but she was unaware of that truth. Since we are all created in the very image of God, when we begin to discover who God is, we also begin unravelling and understanding who we are.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27
We are born again: this is the good news! When we choose to start following Jesus we are reborn as a new creation. Paul said that “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17. All things have become new! All of the addictions, behaviors, tendencies, and whatever else you were born with die and pass away. That doesn’t mean you can’t carry them around with you, I see plenty of Christians doing that. It does mean that the old things lose their power in your life. Dead things have no power, but they can trip us or weigh us down if we’re unaware. That’s why Paul also said we need to put off our old self, put off the old way of life, and put on the new self (Ephesians 4:22-24).
A lack of knowing our identity keeps people trapped in their old life and trapped in sin. I hear well-meaning Christians proclaim they are still sinners, still unworthy, still guilty. What a lie from the enemy! All things have passed away because of what Jesus did for us.
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. Hebrews 10:14
Because of what Jesus did, God sees us as His perfect sons and daughters, He sees us as though we never sinned before. That is our true identity. When you live with the knowledge of who you are, and whose you are, you will begin living the transformed life that God has planned for you. Do not let anyone convince you that nothing has changed other than your eternal destination. Today, right here on Earth, all things have passed away. You are a brand new person in Christ. You are a son or a daughter of the King of kings, not the King of slaves, nor the King of unworthy servants.