How to Lose Your Identity

Who are you?  Or better yet, where do you find your identity?  Do you find your identity in your job; in being the hardworking guy who always goes above and beyond?  Perhaps, instead, you find your identity in being a faithful mother to your young children.  Maybe for you, your identity is found in being the funny guy who can always make people crack up.  You may even find your identity in your own personal style, which combines your taste in clothing, music, and movies.  It may not be any of these things for you, but there is something that you think defines you and gives you identity.  The reality is that we’re all guilty of believing the lie that our identity is found in things that are temporary; things that will change.

Think about it, if your identity is found in your job, then you need to remember that one day you’ll be fired or laid off or you’ll have to move or retire.  If you find your identity in being a mother, then you need to remember that one day your children will grow up, go away to college, get married and have families of their own.  If you find your identity in being the funny guy, then you need to remember that hard times will come in life that won’t be so funny and you’ll find yourself in some circumstances where laughter won’t be the best medicine.  If you find your identity in temporary things, then eventually you will lose your identity.  When this happens you’ll plummet into depression, anxiety, anger, self-pity, or fear.

But for Christians, what if you find your identity in who God says you are?  What if you truly believe that you are a child of God (Galatians 4:5-7), a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20), and so much more?  What can you be sure of then?  You can be sure that your identity is not temporary and it will never change.  Seasons and trials will come and go, life will change in ways that you did not expect, and your world may go so far as to be turned completely upside down.  But if you believe who God says you are in Christ, then what is temporary will only confirm what is eternal: the reality that you are His.

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About Brent Osterberg

Ransomed sinner, husband to Keri, father to the kiddos three, associate pastor at Calvary Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, and lover of most things epic. View all posts by Brent Osterberg

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