Identity is something that we speak a lot about because there is such a crisis for the true identity of a person. Maybe you’ve dealt with this before? We immediately question our identity when things don’t go according to plan, or when something devastating happens. Most people who are searching for who they are, typically find themselves needing to find who they are and need to go on a journey to find their true identity.
When God created man he gave them a very specific identity. In the book of Genesis, it says that “they were created bearing the image of God.”
You and I were specifically designed and created by God, for God, in the image of God. You were created with purpose and meaning and you get this from your identity.
Your identity is not found in the things you do or in the family or neighborhood you grew up in or by the choices and decisions you make; your identity is exclusively made known in God.
He has given you an identity and purpose. And your identity is found in your relationship with God.
“Christians are those who recognize their need for Jesus and trust in him by faith for salvation and are now in a relationship with the living God.”
The New Testament gives many examples of what your identity in Christ is now.
– God’s People
– Chosen Generation
– God’s Possession
– Heirs to an Inheritance (and that’s just to name a few!)
1 John 3:1-3
1 “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.
3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.”
1. Your Identity in God’s Love
When you were young and you asked your parents how much they loved you and they tried to measure it out by stretching out their arms and saying, “I love you this much.”
If you ever doubt God’s love for you, take a look and see what love he has given to you. Not just what we have at the cross of Jesus, but all other things in life that flow out of God’s love to us.
“Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.”
There is a difference between being created by God and being a child of God. We are all God’s creation, but not all of us are God’s children. Only those who have put their faith in Christ can be called God’s Children. When you become a Christian you take on a new identity.
Ephesians 1:13; 2:4-5
“And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit,” “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, 5 that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead.”
God loves you, and that love has caused him to call you into his family through adoption and to grant to you all the spiritual privileges of that relationship.
You are spiritually rich because of who you are in Christ.
2. Your Identity in God Himself
The world cannot identify with those who are adopted into the family of God. Even though all people are created in the image of God not all people can identify themselves with God completely because of sin.
Sin has caused that image to be tainted and twisted, which is why the world cannot identify with us as God’s children.
The people in the world don’t understand us because they can’t identify with us. They can’t understand why we have joy in the midst of trials and suffering. They can’t understand why we have hope when we live in a world that is falling apart at the seams.
3. Your Identity is to Reflect God
Our identity is in Christ and because of that, we are to be just like God in our character. God created us in his image and through Christ, he is re-creating us back into his image where sin had previously ruined everything.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
“He has given us our identity in order that his identity might be proclaimed through us. God made us who we are so we could make known who he is.”
God is now choosing to use you to reflect who he is to the rest of the world. This is done through a life-long process of God changing you from the person you once were into the person he has called you to be now.
Your identity is found only in Christ. The purpose of your identity is to reflect the glory of Christ to those in the kingdom of God as well as outside the kingdom.
Don’t let your identity be in what you try to do for God. Let your identity be found in what Christ has already done!