If I asked you this question, what would you say?
I am a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, Christian, church member, employee, woman, roommate, citizen, neighbor.
But beyond all those, who am I?
I could say that I am an INFJ, 1w9, introvert. I am a visionary, musical, book-loving, film-loving, thinking/dreaming, philosophizing person. I enjoy being indoors rather than being outdoors, and would rather talk with a close friend for an hour than ten people for half an hour. I like schedules, punctuality, and plans over spontaneity. I feel very deeply, but rarely let it show.
Yet if all that were stripped away, and I lost my family, friends, job, health, and even my ability to function and communicate, then who would I be? Would I be anyone? Would that scare me? To be honest, yes, it would. A lot.
I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching and wrestling with my future plans lately. I have some ideas, but also a lot of what-ifs. What if I don’t like that option? What if I get stuck in the same place for the rest of my life, doing something I hate? What if I can never find a job I’m passionate about? What if I never reach my goals? What if I fail?
The sermon at church today was on Identity, and on how we can seek after so many things to make us happy other than Christ. The pastor said that our identity is not to be Jesus plus____, but simply Jesus. We will not take our accolades with us to heaven. We have no other plea, other than Christ. He is our advocate before God’s Throne.
Christian, it does not matter what you have done, or failed to do in the past. If doesn’t matter if you are a CEO, or a janitor. You may have gone to church all your life, or only for a week. You are not defined by those things. If you are in Christ, you are a new creation! The old is gone, the new has come (2 Cor 5:17). Rejoice in your new identity. Don’t be shackled by the weight of other people’s expectations, or your own. Let your identity not be wrapped up in what you do, but in whose you are. If you are in Christ, you are His. Rest in the finished work of Christ, and be satisfied in Him alone.
“Since rich store of every kind of good abounds in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain, and from no other.” John Calvin
Free and changeless is His favor, All is well
Precious is the blood that healed us
Perfect is the grace that sealed us
Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us
All must be well