I have been thinking a lot lately about the idea of who I am. My identity. I think many 20 somethings spend time thinking about identity as many of us move from child to student to adult. Many of us change from sons and daughters, to husbands and wives, and then to fathers and mothers. Many of us change from students to adults, from colleages to supervisors and from employees to boss.
As I have thought about my own identity in the changes of life I have become convinced that many of us are wrong about our identity. Many of us view our identity based on what we do. I am an athlete, an artist, a musician. I am a handyman, an electrician, an accountant, etc. What we do in our professions and in our lives dictates who we see ourselves and others as. The problem with this though is that we struggle to really understand and grasp WHO WE ARE as WHAT WE DO changes. As I learn more about God I am convinced that WHAT I DO is not my true identity.
You see when I was a child there was something that my dad would say when we were attending a serious event or we were going somewhere without him:
You are a DeWitt, act like a DeWitt. Act in such a way that is worthy of the DeWitt name.
And luckily for my dad, my sisters and myself would act worthy of the DeWitt name. We were mature and friendly. We never caused a scene (that I can remember), we were always helpful and we genuinely enjoyed (most of the time) what life was all about. We acted as we knew a DeWitt to act. It was out of our identity as part of the DeWitt family that we behaved a certain way. Can I share a secret with you… even if we had raised a holy terror, if we had acted NOT like a DeWitt we still would have been DeWitts. Even if we screamed at every person we met, threw food in people’s faces and tore our clothing we would still have been DeWitts. Our identity wasn’t dictated by our actions but instead our identity dictated how we would act.
You see regardless of our actions we BELONGED to a family. Our IDENTITY was not in our ACTIONS but instead in our belonging… our being. And the same is true in God. When we accept the Gospel and allow Jesus to be Lord and Savior of our life we move into a new family. And our new identity begins. It isn’t that we always automatically act like we belong, but we do. Our ultimate identity is based solely on being loved from God… and our actions flow from that point.
John 1:12 Ephesians 1:5 Genesis 1:27 1 Cor 12:27 Jon 3:16
1 Peter 2:9 Galatians 3:27-28 1 John 3:1-2 Romans 8:17
Children of God
Adopted/Chosen by God
No longer Slaves
Men and Woman of God
Heirs to His Promise
Loved of God
And everything else flows from there.
Where does your identity lie?
Are you trying to act like you belong or are you acting out of belonging?