There are so many searching for identity. The clothes we choose to wear, the style for our hair, even the interests we choose to pursue leads back to the identity we seek to portray. However, how do we choose our identity? Where do we download our directions from? Where do we start?
These are some very good questions that many of us never consciously ask ourselves. Rather, it tends to be whatever we expose ourselves to the most that dictates the identity we develop. I think about pop music and how many iconic figures have arose from devoted fans and followers that purchase products, imitate their images and defend their honor as if the perception of their favorite artist directly effects their own lives and its meaning. The fans have internalized these images and maybe idolized them too. These idols then become the blueprint for how they think and make decisions. The artist represents something bigger than themselves, but something they can strive to be.
For Christians, identity solely stems from who you are in Christ. So, who are you in Christ? Well, a starting point is the scriptures that detail what we are equipped to do and what our mindset and heart should be centered on: Romans 8:37, 1 John 5:18, Ephesians 6:16, Peter 1:16, Romans 8:2, 2 Corinthians 5:20, are just a few to study. Now, once we grasps the scriptures, the next step is application of this identity. One must ask these questions, “what seems to come natural to me?, What do I gravitate to and what is my personality type?, What am I passionate about?, What are my strengths and what are my weaknesses?”
These questions are very practical, yet spiritual as every person is an unique individual with unique gifts and anointings. We are all created as vessels, meaning we are called to be used in the body of Christ within our worship and our ministering to others. It is the very strengths and weaknesses of ourselves that is used to fulfill this commandment. In essence, God takes what we bring to the table and then exudes his power through us to complete his purposes. So who are you? Once you gain the revelation of this question, life begins for you and those God has put in your midst.