Your identity determines what you do. Many of us look for and find our identities in a lot of different things.
- Social status
- Jobs and professions
- Our family name
- Our health
- Our strengths
- Our abilities
- Our personality type
- Our “good deeds” and acts of service
- Our outward appearance
- Church attendance
- The church we’re a part of
- What others think of us
- Even our insecurities
Have you ever noticed yourself behaving like those you’re around?
We’re all part of a family in some way, shape, or form. From a young age, we see how children resemble their parents. Kids take on the mannerisms, vocabulary, attitudes, and even beliefs of their parents. How often do you hear, “You remind me so much of your mom/dad”? We become and behave like those we identify with.
For those of us who have put our faith in Jesus by asking Him to be the Forgiver of our sins and Leader of our lives, we’re called FOLLOWERS of Jesus for a reason. We’re to look, act, talk, and behave like the One we follow [Jesus]. We’re to be identified with Jesus.
My prayer for us, individually and as a church, is that instead of looking to people, positions, possessions, and our performance to form our identities, we find our identities solely in Jesus Christ.
Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
Pastor Ronnie Rothe