Word of the Year: Identity

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Post by Therese Kay

This is an unfinished blog post. That may sound a bit odd, but finding my identity in Christ is more than a blog post, more than a word of the year…. it’s actually a life-long project. I cannot do it justice in a single, simple blog post. So, I will be revisiting this theme throughout the year and sharing more as my journey unfolds. What follows are my initial thoughts and Scriptures that I’m pondering. I’m excited to learn what God is going to teach me! I hope you, too, will explore who you are in Christ as well.

Identity: Who Am I? 

I look in the mirror and the question forms in my mind – who are you?  Perhaps it’s a bit of a mid-life crisis.  After getting knocked out of the workforce for a couple of years due to illness, the question comes to mind pretty easily.  When getting to know someone, we want to know what they do with their time, what makes them tick.  Well, for a few years, I was a professional napper.  Now, I’m not so sure what or who I want to be. 

But that’s not really why I chose Identity as my word of the year.  I chose that word because I want to learn more about who I am in Christ.  Who did God call me to be?  What does it mean that I’m a co-heir?  A friend of God?  What?!?!  Me?  A daughter of God.  A princess.  A sibling to Jesus.  What does that all mean?

But I Don’t Measure Up

I can look back over my life, as far back as I can remember, and as recently as breakfast and tell you all the ways I’m not who I think I should be, that I don’t measure up, that I’m not enough.  I don’t love deeply enough, I ignore my friends, I get wrapped up in my own head, I don’t exercise like I should, I compromise too easily, etc., etc., etc.  The list could be really quite long.  But that is not what God sees when He looks at me. 

Genesis 1:31 “And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good and He approved completely.  And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.”

Wait, God saw me and said it was very good and He approved completely?  Really?  And that includes Me?  Hmm…

And all that stuff where I don’t measure up, where I didn’t do enough?

Isaiah 43:18,19 “Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old.  Behold, I am doing a new thing!”

And who am I to argue with God or call him a liar?

Numbers 23:19 “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”

And what about all the questions that bounce around my head like a pinball machine gone mad?  Am I doing the right thing?  Saying the right thing?  Am I pleasing God?  Am I really being led by the Holy Spirit?  What if I get it wrong?

I have to trust that God will lead me.

Isaiah 30:21 “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”

What if I think it’s God’s voice, but it really isn’t?  God says that we’ll know Him and His voice!

John 10:14, 27 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me…My sheep listen to my voice, I know them, and they follow me.”

I Am No Longer a Slave

I am no longer a slave but a friend and an heir.  Pondering this makes my head spin and will likely take an entire lifetime to digest, but what a wonderful thing!

John 15:15 “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”

Galatians 4:7 “So you are no longer a slave, but God's child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.”

John 8:36 “So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.”

Galatians 5:1 “In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [ which you have once put off]

“To say I have sinned is true.  To say I am free of sin is truer still” – Bill Johnson, The Supernatural Ways of Royalty

I Am Unique

God says that I am unique, and He made me Himself, just the way He intended me to be.  I want to drop off everything that is not of Him – all the ways I’ve tried to imitate others trying to make myself other than what God created me to be.

1 Corinthians 15:41 “The sun is glorious in one way, the moon is glorious in another way, and the stars are glorious in their own [distinctive] way; for one star differs from and surpasses another in its beauty and brilliance.”

1 Corinthians 12:12 “There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ.”

In Christ

As a Christian, I am in Christ.  I am in Him!  All that I am and do and say is a reflection of Him and reveals Him to the world.

Acts 17:28 “For in Him we live and move and have our being” 

What He earned and deserves, we get by inheritance because we are in Him.

“We must know who we are in Christ.  It is our beginning, the place from which we bring the new life.  Without a deep understanding of this truth, we will ramble around in life and even in Christianity believing the lie that our acceptance by God is based on our performance.  The truth is, our acceptance by God is based on Jesus’ performance, not ours.” – Joyce Meyers, How to Succeed at Being Yourself

I Trust Him

Jeremiah 17:7 “[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.”

2 Corinthians 2:14 “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ…”

My Future

God has plans for me!!  I want to know what they are and walk in them!  I want to accomplish God’s purposes for my life.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works for which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”

Philippians 3:12
“Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.”

Know the Truth

God created us for His glory, to be His inheritance.  Knowing that truth will set us free.  We need to agree with who God says we are.

“I can’t afford to think differently about my life than God does.” – Kris Vallatton, The Supernatural Ways of Royalty

If I do think differently, then I’m not agreeing with God and the journey will be that much more difficult.

These are “easy” things to write but harder things to actually embrace, believe, and live.  I want this year to be a year where I move into being the person that God says I am.  I want to learn what it means to be a friend of God and a co-heir with Christ. 

Will you join me?