“Remember who you are.” I tell this to my kids all the time. They are probably tired of hearing it, but I think it is important. So every time they walk out the door, they hear it again. Here is the reason. Identity impacts attitudes, choices and behavior.
This is why the Bible speaks about identity often. God wants us to know who we are. This is so important to Him that He sent His Spirit to us to testify with our spirits that we are indeed children of God.
Identity, however, is much more than a name. It goes deeper than a name tag we wear. In other words, God didn’t merely Velcro a tag on us that says, “Child of God.” He changed us from the inside out.
Through faith in Jesus, we have become something different than we once were, a new creation according to 2 Corinthians 5:17. Identity, biblically speaking, refers specifically to what we have become in Christ.
In other words, our new identity as children of God encapsulates all that happened to us the moment we were saved. God’s radical work in our lives fits us for a new name. Here are just a few things God did in each of us at that moment of new birth. Although the list below is not an exhaustive one, it does show the magnitude of this great salvation you have received in Christ Jesus.
As you can tell from these few verses, being saved is a big deal. It is much more than receiving a ticket granting you entry into heaven when you die, or even forgiveness of sins here and now. What happened to you and me at that moment of salvation is monumental, so much so that it warranted a new identity.
You probably weren’t aware of all that happened. I certainly was not. You simply responded to the message concerning Christ. As a result, you became something different than what you were; a spiritually dead sinner who was separated from God. But now in Christ, you are a child of God.
As you can imagine, identity is a big topic on the radio broadcast. Every person wrestles with self-image and questions of worth. These struggles are provoked by that single most important question that we all ask: “Who am I?”
There is only one place to go, one person to turn to, for the answer that satisfies the curiosity of the heart – Jesus Christ. He is the one who places us on a firm foundation and gives us an identity that can never change.
For more information on this subject, a suggested resource is our study guide Gateway to Grace (BGG).
I have yet to meet a person who does not worry. It’s part of our DNA. Some people are more prone to it than others. It’s just a fact of life; everyone worries to some degree or another.