Where is My Identity?

Posted: January 31, 2013 in Blog

In Mike Gorski’s recent post, “Who Am I?“, he raised a marvelous question regarding our personal identity. Mike wrote, “…The majority of people ignore the fact that they are constantly appraising their personal value based on what they do. It’s engrained in our nature to long for recognition of some kind, anything to feed our longing to be either known or loved. Surprisingly, this is no less true among Christians.”

The indictment fits. This is me. I’m seeking to be identified by what I do, I always have. This is no new revelation for me, but a continual struggle. My identity is in Christ, but I seek it else where. ‘O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!’ Romans 7:24, I cry out like this more often than not, but thanks be to God! My worth and identity are in Jesus Christ.

I too would like to ask, as did my friend Mike, where is your identity? Where do you find your value, worth, and importance? If it is in the things of the world they are fading and will fail. If your identity is in Jesus Christ then you have an imperishable, undefiled, and unfading inheritance in Him. Lord, grant us the strength to understand the greatness of your Love.

Here is a good video to continue the conversation from Desiring God Ministries. Jonathan Parnell conducts an interview with Paul Tripp regarding pastoral ministry and the blindness that we suffer in the midst of this work. I found this highly useful and hope that you will as well, even if you are not in the pastorate.

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