I wrote this a while back and wanted to post it… i haven’t posted anything on my blog in 8 months… so im back briefly…
We all have one…
and no I’m not taking about your driver’s license or Passport.
I’m talking about a label
I’m talking about a way in which we as people look at ourselves or other people.
Where do you find your identity?
…In the clothes you wear?
…In the Job you work?
…In the car you drive?
…In the people you hang out with?
…In the sport you play?
…In the Church you go too?
…In the college degree you have attained?
I know for many of us, I just listed off something by which we may identify ourselves by. When people ask, “Who are you?” do you say, “Hi, my name is __________, I am/have a______________.”
We all must answer this question? The truth is, some people have an identity they are not aware of. I know personally in my life it has taken a few years and it honestly is still taking some time even now, just to be able to establish who I am in this present time. But who are you? That is a question that must be answered.
There was a man of Nazareth who one day went to meet His cousin out at the Jordan River. His cousin was preaching a message of repentance, because a kingdom was coming. The preacher was named John the Baptizer. He had baptized many people in the Jordan, but now it was time for him to baptize his cousin. For a moment he seemed to refuse, he had mentioned earlier that one was coming whose sandal he was not worthy to untie. Could this be that man, the people wondered and questioned among themselves. They made their way down to the river and John Baptized his cousin, and when he came up out of the water, a voice proclaimed from heaven, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” God the Father publicly made a mark of identity on the one baptized. As His own Son, and the people saw the Spirit descending like a dove upon Him. Still wet, the man walked out of the Jordan and was led by the Spirit of God into the wilderness to face the greatest enemy of old. The Son of God was about to be tempted and tried, as the King of kings, as the God-man, Jesus Christ the Son of the living God. Making His way into the wilderness where He would come face-to-face with the Enemy.
He went into the rock-covered Judean wilderness and fasted for 40 days, on the 40th day the devil came to Him and said, “IF you are the Son of God, then turn these stones to bread.” Jesus looked around and for miles in the wilderness He could see thousands upon thousands of stones. With the tempter whispering in His ears the lies of self-provision and self-gratification, the Lord Jesus Christ turned and quoted a verse from Deuteronomy “As it is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” The devil’s aim was to get Jesus to abandon the dependency upon the Father, and to provide for Himself. Jesus easily could have, He desired food, He had gone 40days without it. Not only that, the Devil, was trying to get Jesus to prove His Sonship, but why does Jesus have to try and prove anything to the Serpent or to the world. He was trusting in His Father and though the Serpent questioned the power behind His identity, Jesus did not falter but stood strong in the face of His greatest enemy.
Jesus found His identity in what God had proclaimed it to be. “My Beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” God the Father was pleased to send his Son ‘in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.’
What is your Identity, fellow Christian, if it is not in the cross of Jesus Christ, turn now and look unto Jesus, for He has paid it all, your debt is fully paid. “There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION for those who are IN Christ Jesus.” IF you are saved, you are always saved. And sin no longer has power over you, it is no longer what God see when He looks at you. He looks at you and sees His adopted child, chosen before the foundation of the world, and created for good works in Christ Jesus. I plead with you brother or sister. Live free from self, from condemnation, from the lies of the devil. Look unto Jesus, unto His merits, not your own. IF we look at our prayers and our doings, we will surely be depressed. He is the author and perfecter of your faith. So look unto Him as He is working on His masterpiece (you). His workmanship, He is chiseling, He is molding you as clay, will you allow the Potter to work, without trying to murmur about His work. Be downcast no longer, but gaze upon the Risen Savior and know your sins are paid for and that you belong to Him.
“But God, being rich in mercy because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”