I exchanged texts with a friend recently who shared he’s trying to focus on his identity in Christ. That’s a great subject to give thought to, as we tend to let our jobs, relationships, material possessions, abilities, and other things define who we are, when they shouldn’t. Below are four aspects of our identity captured in Scripture, followed by some resources you might benefit from. I know I did.
1. God’s children: “See how much the Father has loved us! His love is so great that we are called God's children—and so, in fact, we are” (1 John 3:1).
2. God’s handiwork: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
3. Christ’s ambassadors: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
4. Christ’s friends: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).
And that’s just a small sampling of who God says we are!
Here are some further resources on our identity in Christ:
My Identity in Jesus: a great PDF you can download/print with lots of good stuff on identity in Christ
May we each grasp and live out the identity we have in Jesus.