I rolled by a laundry mat at 11:00 p.m. and saw a hanging sign that read… “Sorry, we’re close.” I thought, you don’t have to be sorry, it’s 11:00 at night! What am I going to do? Come back tomorrow and say to the employee, “Hey, I walked by at 11:00 last night with my dirty laundry… you should’ve been open.”
That sign has a phrase I could’ve had around my chest because I have said that phrase most of of my life, “I’m sorry”. This phrase was so common out of my mouth that I started repeating it for all types of situations I could not control, for things that were not my fault and for things that were, as if that is a reason to speak over my whole identity that… “I am sorry.”
In my journey with Jesus in my 20s, I began to have older guys befriend me and disciple me. I use to be sorry for everything, for existing, then someone started living life with me, speaking into me who I am in Christ. The first two verses of the Navigators Topical Memory System is anchored in knowing who you are in Christ:
- Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
- 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. (Galatians 2:20 NIV)
In Christ, you are a new creation! The old is gone! The new is here! You’ve been crucified with Christ! You no longer live. BUT, Christ lives in YOU!
The Webster’s Dictionary defines Identity as “a person’s conception and expression of their individuality.” A secular view of Identity is how you conceive yourself; therefore, express yourself. Here is a biblical definition that is even more poignant: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”: (Proverbs 23:7a KJV). One day in a quiet time, I wrote this in my journal:
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells me I am in Christ. Galatians 2:20 says to me Christ is in you. When you put your faith and trust in Christ, He becomes your identity. Are you trying to “find yourself” or trying to answer the question “who am I?” Look to Jesus.
- Do you ever wonder who you are?
- What Bible verses remind you who you are?
- Think of someone you can meet with this week to discuss and memorize a Bible verse about who you are in Christ.
Feel free to continue the conversation and comment below the blog entry.