Identity is the sum of characteristics that a person possesses by which a person is recognized or known. This defines and individual to others and themselves. Pieces of a person’s identity include a sense of uniqueness from others and the sense of affiliation.
We all define ourselves in various ways. Some of them are positive. Some of them are negative.
I am a nerd or geek or other negative title. Class clown, etc. I am a cheerleader, a football player, an honor roll student, etc.
Tyler Summitt, the son of Pat Summitt, legendary championship coach at University of Tennessee. On his website, he labels himself as “Christian, Husband, Son, Coach.”
There is a lot of talk now about identity, cultural identity, national identity, and specifically in regard to sexual identity and gender identity. There is all kind of confusion that the world throws at us and specifically at our younger people. It is important to know who made you, God, and how He made you, male or female, heterosexual. The Bible makes it very clear. Your body makes it very clear.
God wants us to identify ourselves according to the identity that He gives to us. God identifies us in many ways in the Bible.
We are Children on God
John 1:12-13 (NIV) to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Acts 19:40 (NIV) we are God’s offspring.
Romans 8:16 (NIV) The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Romans 8:17 (NIV) Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Psalm 95:7 (NIV) we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Psalm 100:3 (NIV) Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
As the children of God, we are a part of God’s family. Being a part of a family comes with certain benefits, which are even greater being the family of God. It entails protection, provision, instruction, and relationship.
We are God’s Workmanship
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Isaiah 64:8 (NIV) We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Knowing that we are God’s workmanship gives us confidence in who we are and who God is making us to be. We can understand that we are no accident and that our lives have meaning and purpose. It creates in us a sense of direction. It creates goals for us. Life is meaningful when we live for a purpose, and more meaningful when we realize that our lives are directed by the God of the universe, the ultimate one.
Everyone wants to play for the championship team, to be given responsibility by the championship coach. How amazing it is when you rise to the occasion to make the big play to win the big game. We are put in the game by the highest coach, given the talent from Him for the greatest mission possible. A mission of life and death to those who surround us. God puts us in the game.
We Are Christ’s Ambassadors
2 Corinthians 5:20 (NIV) We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
Acts 1:8 (NIV) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Ezra 5:11 (NIV) This is the answer they gave us: “We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the temple that was built many years ago, one that a great king of Israel built and finished.
Like being in the big game, we have been enlisted in the greatest mission, the mission of God for the salvation of all mankind. It is a great mission and an enormous task. It is of great importance and God has called us to this mission.
Consider an ambassador. A U. S. ambassador is nominated by the President to go to another nation to be the liaison between the nations. It is the responsibility of the ambassador to carry the message of the president to the people of another nation. As Christ’s ambassadors, Christ has sent us to a lost world to tell them His message of hope and love.
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Romans 8:37 (NIV) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
Ephesians 5:30 (NIV) we are members of his body.
2 Corinthians 6:16 (NIV) For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
2 Corinthians 2:15-16 (NIV) For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?