What can you do to discover you’re authentic self so you can finally begin living your truth in Christ?
If you’ve not been living an authentic life, then it may take some time to steer back on course with who you are. The truth is that you can be the change you want to see. You can find clarity and direction to help yourself move past a frivolous and meaningless lifestyle.
You can take steps toward knowing yourself intimately so that you can stand up for what you believe in, live in support of your values, and delight in whatever God’s destiny is for you.
Personal identity is vital to understand about ourselves. Being aware of who we are, what makes us tick, what makes us laugh, what gets on our nerves, what brings us true joy—those are basic things to name because that understanding has an effect on everything else.
But truly there may be facts about you but if you’re an authentic Christian, you have a secret identity that you may not be aware of.
Can you see it?
Do you know it?
Or have you lost sight of who you really are?
Have you forgotten who lives in your heart?
Guess what, your identity in Christ doesn’t depend on your hair color, body type, or which job you work at. Do you let other people define you? To tell you who you are and who you aren’t?
God’s already defined you in His perfect Son, Jesus Christ! But we forget that identity sometimes. It’s so secret that we end up chasing after meaningless earthly possessions and sinful experiences to “find ourselves,” to try to fit in, to try to look important.
To try and be someone we’re not. Your true identity hides somewhere much more precious than things and experiences. And that identity is eternal.
If you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, you’re no longer a part of this worldly culture soaked in sin.
“My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine! ~ Gal. 2:20
Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new creation. All that’s related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.~ 2 Cor. 5:17
This would include our old identity, our life of sin, the power of Satan, the religious works of trying to please God, our old relationship with the world, and our old mindsets. We aren’t reformed or simply renovated, we are made completely new by our union with Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Now that is good news!
Since our Heavenly Father called us, why do we try so hard to fit in and get approval from a culture we’re no longer a part of? We will never get their full approval because here’s the hard truth: If you’ve settled the fact to follow Jesus with all your heart, you’re never going to completely “fit in.”
So the world’s approval doesn’t matter. You have a Heavenly Father who loves you more than anyone on this earth ever could. And His love for you doesn’t change. It never fails. And it’s eternal.
“You are worthy—even if you don’t feel like it.”
Your identity in Christ
You are special in God’s eyes? Here’s what the Bible says about YOU once you have a new identity in Christ:
- You are His own special possession. (1 Peter 2:9, Deuteronomy 14:2)
- You are chosen, handpicked by the God who created the universe. (1 Peter 2:9, Jeremiah 1:5, Ephesians 1:3-4)
- You are treasured. (Deuteronomy 7:6 14:2, 26:18)
- You are irreplaceable. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)
- You are loved beyond compare. (1 John 4:19, 4:10, 3:16, Romans 5:8, 8:35-39)
- You are worth dying for. (1 John 3:16, Romans 5:7-9)
- You are forgiven. (Ephesians 1:7, 1 John 1:9, Romans 8:1, 33-39)
- You are His child. (1 John 3:1, Galatians 3:26)
- You are secured for all eternity. (2 Corinthians 1:22, John 10:28-29)
- You are set free. (Romans 6:18, Galatians 5:1)
- You are precious to Him. (Isaiah 43:4)
- You are set apart. (John 15:16, 19, I Peter 2:9)
Talk about the good news! Read it again slowly and take it in. This is YOU and If you’re in Christ, this is who YOU are. This is your personal, permanent identity. It’ll never be taken away, abandoned, or ever changed.
Hold fast to who your Father says you are since it’s in Him where your true identity can be found. You’re a child of the One True God of Israel. Now that’s something to celebrate.
You’re worth celebrating!