Recently, some of my life experiences have caused to me reevaluate my identity. What is it that defines me?
I attended a funeral of a friend's husband this week, and, as is typical at funerals, his friends and family attempted to describe him, to pay tribute to who he was. As I sat there, I thought about what people might say about me, how they would describe my identity.
One of the most important things to me recently has been to show to others, through a variety of ways, my identity as a Christian. To be a light in the midst of the darkness of this world, and in particular, the darkness that some of my friends and family have been experiencing lately. I often feel unworthy of this task and wonder if I am falling short of my goal.
I have also had the opportunity to reevaluate my faith recently, specifically as it compares to other religions and practices. This reevaluation led me to the search for a document that I had received from a Sunday School teacher several years ago. As I reread it, I found the following words used to describe me, as a follower of Jesus: redeemed, forgiven, freed, chosen, holy and complete. As I had remembered, it was extremely encouraging. I have linked to a similar document here.
There has been a lot of hype around identity theft in recent years. And, although it's never happened to me on a grand scale, I have had people get my credit or debit card number and use it to purchase watches, airline tickets, etc. Fortunately, I have a wonderful financial institution that notifies me when any "suspicious spending" takes place. Additionally, about a year ago, my conscientious husband purchased an additional plan to protect us against identity theft.
Although John 10:10 states that the devil's "purpose is to steal and kill and destroy," I am most grateful and encouraged by the fact that, for my identity in Christ, I do not need a to pay for a special protection plan, because Jesus has already paid the price, and his "purpose is to give [me] a rich and satisfying life."
Unlike my other identities or roles, there is nothing I did to earn or deserve my identity in Christ. And, equally as important, this is an identity I can never lose.
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