This seems like such a benign question on the surface. I’m a husband, a dad, a grandpa (which I still feel as though I’m too young to be), I’m a pastor, etc. We often wear so many hats that our true identity gets lost in the shuffle. If I asked you right now, “Who are you?” Without thinking about it, how would you answer?
A little disclaimer. I recently watched “Overcomer”, a wonderful movie by the Kendrick brothers. This was the premise of the movie. What is your identity linked to? So borrowing some principles from their movie and God’s word, I hope to answer the question as it pertains to our identity in Christ. We remember people for “what” they were. A great business person, a wonderful parent, a close friend, an avid… You get the point. But who does God say I am?
In the book of Ephesians (chapters 1 and 2), the Apostle Paul tells us who we are in God’s estimate. We are blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing in Heavenly places. Did you read that? We have blessings in Heaven through Jesus Christ! He also tells us that we have been chosen. When the world tells us that we are not good enough or smart enough and we are tossed away like old dirty rags. God in Heaven says we are His; He chose me as a son! Please don’t discount that, you are somebody special. We have been accepted by God into His family. We have been adopted by a loving Father.
God has redeemed us through the sacrificial blood of Christ. That means He paid the price for me that I owed and could never have paid. He did that for us according to the riches of His grace. Not because He had to but because He wanted to. Let that sink in a minute. Most of us, if we are honest, would admit that we would pay any price for the ones we love; our children or our spouse. But would we be willing to sacrifice our very life for the beggar on the corner, the mean old neighbor next door, the rapist, the pedophile, the murderer? That’s what God did through Christ for us. Romans 3:23 says that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” In other words, none of us deserve that grace and mercy of Almighty God! He bestows it upon us even though we could never earn it. That’s why it’s called grace.
Because of God’s grace, when we put our faith in Christ, we have a new identity. We are a new creation and we are adopted into God’s family. So today if you have placed you faith in Christ as your Lord and Savior, You can answer the question of “Who am I?” with divine assurance.
I am saved! I am redeemed! I am blessed! I am chosen! I am adopted! I am known! I am an heir with an inheritance! I am sealed with the Holy Spirit! I am alive and not dead in my sins! I am a child of God!
He did all of this for me and for you. Not because we earned it, because we never could, but rather because of His great and unending love for us. By His grace we are saved through faith; and that not of ourselves; it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
When we strip everything away we find our true identity. The question of who I am can only be answered correctly if my identity is found in Jesus. Nothing else can be allowed to define who we are! Who am I? I’m a child of God.
To the glory and honor of Jesus Christ;