Our identity determines much about how we speak and act. Recognizing who we are is a critical piece of knowing how to respond to the various humbling challenges, mind-bending obstacles, heartaches and heart-breaks that arise in our lives.
This is true about other critical answers to big questions in life, not just the question, “Who am I?”
There’s destiny. Where am I going in life?
There’s purpose. Why am I here?
There’s possibility. What am I capable of?
And there’s community. Who will join me and support me on this journey?
All the answers to these questions can give us greater confidence and hope in our lives. Or the answers we have can demolish us and break our will.
If I’m “nobody” that will inform all my actions. If I believe my life is “going nowhere” that will affect my energy and my drive. If I’m sure that there is no end goal, no real purpose to my life, it can be pretty hard to even get going in the morning. Life becomes just one endless series of meaningless tasks.
If I think I have no gifts or talents, and no promise from a loving God to powerfully be with me, I will easily give up when obstacles arise. If I believe I’m alone is life, with no allies and no friends or family to support me, I will isolate myself and be subject to loneliness, frustration and spiritual attack.
That’s why I’m so grateful that God is clear about his answers to all these big questions. In the love that he has lavished on us, he has responded on our behalf to all five questions. He’s supplied those answers in Jesus Christ, and in the good news of his gospel promises.
Identity? By faith in Christ, we are called children of God, and that is what we are.
Destiny? Jesus is coming, and we know that when he appears, we shall be like him.
Purpose? The world does not know him, but God definitely wants us to let the world know about him! We have a Great Commission given us by Jesus!
Possibility? All who have this hope purify themselves, just as he is pure. Our sins have been forgiven and it is now possible for us to live a Christ-centered life to the glory of God.
Community? We have a Father, we are his children, and that means we have — through faith in Jesus Christ — many brothers, sisters and friends!
Don’t let anyone commit “identity theft” on you! Or destiny theft. Or purpose, possibility or community theft either. Make no mistake, that’s what the devil and all his “criminal forces” want to accomplish.
Secure your ID by leaning on gospel promises like this. And hold on tightly to what Jesus has given you!
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure” (1 John 3:1-3, NIV).
Lord, thank you for your Son, Jesus. Through your gospel promises, help me to hold on tightly to my God-given identity, destiny, purpose, possibility and community. Keep the devil far away, and prevent him from stealing any of these from me. Help me to glorify you in all I do by meeting challenges in my life on the basis of my gospel-given answers to the big questions in life.
Our Bible reading for Wednesday, December 2, is Daniel 8:15 – 9:19, 1 John 2:28 – 3:10 and Proverbs 29:10-18.