For the last two days I’ve had a song playing over and over in my head… and this time it isn’t the Veggie Tales theme song (Hallelujah!). The song is the new single from Jason Gray, one of my new favorite songwriters, and it’s called Remind Me Who I Am. You can watch the video here. I don’t think I can over-emphasize the everyday importance of what this song is saying.
We all live our lives based on who we believe ourselves to be. Some people find their identity in what other people say about them (whether good or bad), others find their identity in their troubles and failures (victim, addict, etc), some find their identity in their job or family role (mother, father, husband, wife), and still there are those people who get their identity from how they feel.
If you are a Christian and you believe the identity you’ve adopted for yourself is a curse, then God has wonderful news for you: “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry ‘Abba! Father!'” (Romans 8:15). You are not your past, you are not your failures, you are not what people have told you… you are so much more because God has made you so much more… you are his child! First and foremost, you are who God says you are, so start living through that identity and discover the blessings of a life that delights in God and honors his name.
If you are a Christian and you love the identity you’ve given yourself, then there’s bad news before the good news. The identity that you are currently living out of cannot last. If your identity is your job, then when you lose your job you’ll lose your identity… and it’ll hurt. If your identity is in being a parent, then when your kids all leave the house you’ll lose your identity… and it’ll hurt. The good news is that God has given you a new identity that can never be taken away. You are his child and he has promised that if you embrace this identity and obey his commandments, you’ll experience complete joy (John 15:10-11).
Christians, embracing any identity other than the one you have in Christ is just settling. Living the life you were saved to live can only happen when believe you are, first, a child of God!