Many will try to define your identity, but as you face this life in expectation of eternity, you must remember that it is the truth of His Beauty that defines you, here and now.
Giving us many different options, our enemies (our own sin, satan, the world) are working overtime trying to convinces us that we are defined by what we do and / or by what we have.
According to them, we are our jobs and / or our possessions.
Why is our identity so important? Because we use it as a point of reference. For everything. Our identity tells us how we should respond to comments about us, for instance. If what is being said about is below of what we consider fair, given our identity, then we get offended. What we believe about ourselves also determines the way we approach God, in worship and prayer.
For a moment, let us set aside the very risky business of approaching Jehovah according not to what He says, but according to what our enemies have convinced us of.
And let us consider how we are destined to experience ultimate frustration, if we believe that what THEY say about is is who we really are. If we are what we do and what we have, then:
- Eventually, we will find someone who is doing more and has more. Result: frustration.
- Our identity, since it’s anchored on what is temporal, can evaporate in an instance (401k in Bitcoins, anyone?). Result: frustration.
Christian, the answer to the question about who you are can be found only in the truth about the Person and the Work of God the Son, Jesus Christ.
We are defined by the Beauty of the eternal Triune God of the Universe.
This identity is not granted to us because of anything of value in our person. It is granted to us because it pleases Him to give it to us. By showing this extravagant generosity, the LORD clearly demonstrates He is the only true and living God.
With this ID secured in your heart by the work of God the Holy Spirit, you now can proceed to embrace and enjoy your belonging and your purpose in this life; both also defined by who He is and what He has done.
Then, let me ask you… Who are you?
In honest introspective, try to answer this question: What part of your identity has been defined by our enemies? What does that say about the idols in my own heart? Confess and repent in the proper way.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.