In the age of technology, media, and the changing social climate, there are many voices that are speaking to us. If you were to turn on your television, you would find that the media wields a certain amount of influence over how many act and think. Reality shows portray images of lascivious and sinful behavior which is now embraced by mainstream culture. Even local and international news networks have become the breeding ground for promoting lifestyles that were once thought to be off-limits or unconscionable. In many respects, the internet has caused a widespread feeding frenzy, based on the content that is produced to all viewers. As a result, many suffer from having an “identity crisis”.
This means that many who are subject to what society has promoted, begin to form their minds and lives around what is being given as truth. However, Romans 12:2 says,
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The thing about an identity is, it is based on who a person is, because of programming that takes place in the mind. Your identity is like a fingerprint because it distinguishes who you are. Much of why we see confusion within the younger generations today, is because they don’t know who they are. There are many who are attempting to figure out who they are, because their identity is not in Christ, but rather it is in the lies that satan has fed them. How do you find your identity?
In order to know who you are meant to be, you must consult the creator. God has given us an opportunity to know Him through Jesus Christ. He has also given us an identity which is wrapped in who He has created us to be. Going back to Romans 12:2, the Apostle Paul admonishes Christians not to conform to the pattern of this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. This can only be done by accepting Christ and allowing God to transform your mind.
Since the mind is a powerful tool, it can be shaped in such a way that one begins to act and live out of what is received. The reason why the Apostle Paul said that we should be transformed by the renewing of our mind, is because he understood that our mind must be programmed in the things of God instead of the things of the world. In doing so, we will find our identity in Christ.
Even before you and I were born, God has given us an identity in Him. Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” What is our identity as it relates to God? As Genesis 1:27 says, God created man in His own image. You and I were created in the image of God. However, because of sin which entered into the world through Adam & Eve, the image became shattered. This meant that an identity crisis occurred, because of the separation that sin caused.
Thus, you now have men and women who are attempting to find out who they are. They do it through changing their appearance, their gender, their actions, which are all an attempt to gain their identity. While humanity is still created to be in God’s image, it is sinfulness that distorts that image which means a distorted or confused identity. What is your identity in Christ, and how do you find it?
1 Peter 2:9 says “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” The true identity if we were ever to discover it in Christ, is that we are a chosen people. God created each human to be set apart for His use and to be a royal priesthood as the Apostle Peter says in this scripture. Your identity is forever changed when you accept Jesus Christ as your savior.
This means that you are no longer bound by sin, nor is your identity hinged upon what the world says. You are secured in knowing who you are through Christ Jesus. Another translation of 1 Peter 2:9 uses the words, “a peculiar people” which means that in Christ, we are different. God created you to be in His image, which means that you are meant to be separated from what the world has established.
When the media and those who have embraced the various lies, say that you should follow the crowd by accepting what is promoted, know that you are being given a false identity. The standard that God has given to every human being is one of holiness, and being called out of darkness into His light. The identity that we can find in Christ is one that leads to knowing who we are, and what our purpose is. Only in God’s presence and in a relationship with Him can we find out what we were born to do.
In addition to knowing what our identity is in Christ, we must then realize how we can find that identity. To find it, you must seek after the creator. God already knows who you are – but through prayer, worship and reading God’s word, you will come to realize the identity that God has given you through Jesus Christ.
Think of it in the sense of a relationship with a human being. The more you spend time with a person or group of people, you begin to identify with certain characteristics. It is the same with God – you will begin to show the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22-23) which are based on godly characteristics that come from spending time with God. As a result, the fruit that you bear become the identifiable traits that come from who you are in Christ.
The reverse is also true as it relates to embracing the things of this world. Many who seek after worldly and sinful pleasures bear the fruit of wickedness which results from identifying with what satan has proposed. The key, however, is to recognize that only God can give you your true identity – the world presents a false identity which leads to confusion.
God desires that every human being know Him through Jesus Christ, but He also desires that we know who we are in Him. If you are attempting to find out who you are, by trying endless ways to fit into this world’s structure then you will find a lack of peace. Jesus Christ was offered as a sacrifice for you and your sins, which means that He holds the key to your identity. Without Christ, you will always search for who you are meant to be, but you won’t find it in what this world has to offer. Giving your life and heart to Jesus is the only way to life, because in Christ you can and will know your identity.