The Significance of our Identity

God determines what a thing is

If God is real, by definition God determines what a thing is. The Designer gives it identity. He also gives it purpose. He is who determines our worth.

Identity, purpose, and worth all go together, and find their meaning in God.

Having rejected God’s Word on the matter, people are left to other factors. But as a result of sin’s dysfunctional affects on families, abuse, disparities, and mental health, people further attempt to disassociate their identity from their family, status, ethnicity, even the biological sex and DNA of their body.

The attempts of so many to change one’s gender, pronouns, and even one’s body are drastic ways to answer "who am I?"—not because this is who they are but because we all need to be someone, to feel significant, and to belong.

It is understandable considering how our self-image influences how we live.

Self-image and True worth

It is important to base our self-image and self-esteem on our true worth.

Self-image is who you perceive yourself to be; what you think about yourself.

Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself.

True worth is the actual worth of something.

The true worth of every human being is rooted in eternal truths and is determined by God. He made you in the image of God. We were designed for dominion. You were created to be loved and to love. Mankind (male and female) is the crowning achievement of creation. O and Christ is now a man.

True worth is also dependent on what is put into an item and what another will pay for said item.

You are bought and paid for with the precious blood of God, the Lamb, Jesus Christ. He gave His life for you. Abba gave His Son for you.

Because our identity is fundamentally tied to our sense of significance and worth, not knowing who we are demands an answer. Apart from God there’s no great, objective, unchanging answer that conveys the true worth of man.

Our identity apart from God

Who are we if we reject the identity which God gives and which truly defines us, and we reject the One that determines our truest worth? Who are we outside of God’s grace? If like Adam we reject God and we go our own way?

We are still created in God’s image and our price is still God’s blood. So, our worth does not change but our identity takes on an unflattering word: sinner.

"Sinner" is an identity

Sinner is more than what we do. It is an identity.

Jesus Himself says, "I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

This is not a meanspirited judgment. Perhaps on a person's lips, but not in the heart of Jesus Christ. He says this the purpose to save. I came for sinners, to give them new life and hope and love.

Sinner is more than an act, it is an identity based on a relationship with Adam. And his sin.

Romans 5:19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.

Sinner is an identity based on a relationship and therefore only changed by a new relationship.

Notice through Adam the human race was "made sinners," that’s a defining statement. Yet because Jesus stood in Adam’s place and performed what Adam could not, through Christ’s obedience "the many," those who trust in Jesus will be "made righteous." Their new identity.

"Sinner" is an identity demanding a solution

Sinner is an identity demanding a solution. And God provides this for all in Christ.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

It’s this terrible, yet amazingly good news.

It is terrible in that it hurts our pride. Terrible in that it disrupts the narrative that we’re really amazing people beholden to nobody.

Yet it is good news! God acted on His love for while we were sinners, He identified with us, bore our sins and died in our place that we may live with Christ and with the Father, forever.

Simply by trusting Jesus to reconcile you to the Father, you identify with Christ who identified with you on the cross.

Your identity in Christ surpasses all other signifiers

As a result, you are sons of God with Christ. Beloved. An inheritor. In fellowship with your Father. Your new heart is to please the Father who’s love defines you.

If you embrace the significance of who Jesus makes you, other things like gender, ethnicity, and nationality lose their power to define your worth.

Galatians 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

One’s ethnicity and biological gender gives us some form of identification. But they don’t so define us that we are better or worse than others. There is no struggle for identity. No struggle for superiority in a marriage or between men and women. There are differences but they're good differences. Embrace them. Yet in Christ there is absolutely no basis for pride nor inferiority.

Racism has no place in Christianity

Racism is an evolutionary concept based on different races vying for the top. Racism has no place in Christianity.

There is only one race from Adam and Eve, not competing races.

There is one Lord who created us equally in His image and likeness.

There is one body, the body of Christ.

And part of the glory of the kingdom is that Christ is the central figure of worship and the one who defines the myriad of different peoples, skin colors, languages, nationalities, and every other distinction that divides the world today.

Revelation 5:9 … for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

You are also saints before God in Christ. When you trusted Jesus, He radically changed how the father sees you. You bear His Son’s radiant righteousness.

Next steps to take

When you feel insignificant, unworthy, or enslaved to sin know who you are, and the calling of God into a life of significance; it’s easier to say no to evil.

So if you haven’t been with us the past few weeks, you can suit up by faith.

Ephesians 4:22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

This is not about behavior, put on your best behavior, but by faith put on your identity in Christ.

Next steps to take...

1.  Be in the word. Read Galatians 2. Philippians 3.

2.  Consciously agree with God about what Jesus makes true of you. Your worth. Your identity. All is found in Christ given, crucified, risen, reigning, and returning.

3.  Abide in Christ by faith, on an intimate level; doing to helps to reinforce who you are.

4.  Pray accordingly. As a beloved son. Chosen by God. Given eternal life. Standing with Jesus clothed in righteousness.

5.  Live accordingly. Act on the wonder and the truth of who you are to God.