An Identity Crisis?
Have you ever had an identity crisis? Mostly, it’s not something you purposely consider. You don’t wake up one morning and start analyzing this issue. Do I have a strong, solid identity, or one that is weak and fragile? You may even have to think hard about what your identity really is.
Let me give you a personal story. For seven years I was the number one sales person at my job. (No, I wasn’t the only sales person). It gave me many added benefits. Last year and this year I’ve not reached that position. Since I’m somewhat competitive by nature, I don’t like to not be number one. It gave me some prestige, especially having held it for seven consecutive years.
Small or Large Consequences
I realized that part of my identity, no matter how small, was somewhat based on my performance at work. It affected me. While I certainly don’t consider myself as having an identity-crisis over my number one loss, I started to see that, as a Christian, it shouldn’t affect me in how I relate to myself and others, even if it’s only in a small way.
How about you? There are many similar “identity-crises” that you face in your life. If things don’t go as you planned or hoped, it may affect you because your identity is somehow wrapped up in it. For example, your child doesn’t behave in public as it should and portrays you as having failed in your current discipline. You overly scold him because of your “identity-crisis”—the desire to be the good, having-it-all-together parent that you want others to think of you.
A Christ-Centered Identity
God wants us you to have a Christ-centered identity—one that is based on the person of Jesus Christ. He wants you to experience the freedom and joy that such an identity brings, whereby Christ is your all, sink or swim. It’s when you identity yourself with Him because of having been united to Him.
Through His Son, God has given you a “new self.” After stating that, Paul wrote: “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all” (Col. 3:10-11). Our identity shouldn’t be based on ethnicity, religious or secular upbringing, sophistication or non-sophistication, being employed or being the employer, but solely on Christ. Obviously, we can add many other possibilities that Paul didn’t mention, including having the “right” doctrinal knowledge, leaving one puffed up.
Join the Book Launch
On January 1st, I’ll start the book launch of “A Christ-Centered Identity: Discovering Your God-Given Identity in His Son.” I invite you to join me. You’ll walk through the entire book in just three minutes each day for six weeks. By God’s grace, I believe this book will help you grow in a more solid Christ-centered identity. You can sign up at www.thegloryofchrist.com/christ-centered-identity.
The Devotional Writer