Identity

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Identity. The topic of identity is all around us in our world today. No matter in what region of the world you live in, identity is a topic you are very familiar with. If you turn on your TV, internet, facebook, etc… you will find some new headline talking about this crisis. You hear the phrase, “I identify as ____________ “, fill in the blank. In today’s modern world, the blank is literally whatever you want. Whatever happened to a biblical view on identity? What happened to looking to God to hear and understand who I am? The worldview of identity is no one can tell you who you are and what you identify as, and you are the only one that can define your identity. It is completely based on my personal feeling and emotions which are validated and accepted in today’s world. Feeling and emotions are real and I will not argue that, but that does not make it factually true. If I base my life completely on how and what I feel, followed by a plethora of different emotions, my life would be unhealthy and unstable, because I felt something. From a non-Christian world view of identity in the modern world, identity is something that can be molded and shaped into what I want it to be and to how I see it fit. Just take a look at all the different types of struggles that are happening in our world in regards to the topic of identity. Type in “identity” in google and you will be flooded with what the world is saying. Identity crisis, gender identity, sexual crisis, national identity crisis, social identity, etc… and the list goes on. The giant question is who am I? A non-theocratic world view removes God from the picture. The world has been trying for so long to try live with God not even in the equation of life. If you removed God from identity, you will be lost just as the world is lost. Let’s take a look at the biblical world-view of identity. First of all, for anyone to have a biblical worldview, it completely removes your opinion as right and puts Gods opinion as the ultimate truth. This isn’t only for moral and ideological topics but in all different areas in life. A biblical worldview means God is first. So since we are talking about identity and God is first, then that means I must go to God to understand and receive my identity from Him. Let’s take a  look what the Word says about who God says that I am. Ephesians 1:15 says, “He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ.” We are adopted and so, therefore, we are children of God. John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Our identity is not rooted in things of this earth but in God Himself. As Galatians 3:27-28 says,27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Our identity is oneness in Christ Jesus. He is the ultimate identity. There are whole lot more verses about our identity.  I once asked a group of young adults a question that shook them. Imaginet of Christ; “Who are you”? What will your answer be? The question of who am I  goes back to identity. Is your answer going to be nationalistic, social, ideological, ethnic, etc…? To what or who are you going to look for an answer? When I stand before Jesus on that day, I stand alone. I stand as myself and no one else. I do not stand with my people group, I do not stand with a political ideology, I do not stand with anything other than me and my life that I have lived. On that day of judgment, all that will matter is your identity in Christ and in Him alone. There is nothing more and nothing less. You being Greek, French, American, Jewish, Arab, etc… will not mean anything. What matters is the identity that God has spoken over you and how you lived your life. 

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