Your True Identity

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Years ago I was pursuing a career of fame in the modeling industry.  My identity was wrapped up in the word, “model”.   With that title in front of my name, I continually received preferential treatment. My occupation became my identity.  I had a belief system and it was all about me! But my life came to a screeching halt when I became ill for two agonizing years.  

Before I tell you the rest of that story, have you ever looked at yourself in a mirror and wondered, “Who am I?” If your answer is “yes,” you’re not alone. 

“Who am I?  Why am I here?  Where am I going?” These are questions that every person has faced, despite color, creed or race. In this blog, I would like to begin with “Who am I”?  

Countless books have been written on the subject of our identity, yet we fall short of the answer.  For most, occupation defines identity.  So, who are you?  The answer to the question lies in your belief system. In the world system, your identity is classified by what you do.It’s an exterior identity. For the Christian, your outward identity changes when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. -2 Corinthians 5:17

In other words, you lose your identity as a sinner and become a new creation.  As a new creation, you take on the identity of Christ who comes to live inside you.  When you become one with Him, His identity becomes yours.

During those two years I was ill, I lost everything. Though it was a tragic time, I came to the realization that I had no idea who I was.  My modeling career was over, my friends deserted me and I was left with nothing.  In my desperation, I cried out to God and He walked me through my trial, day by day.  As I surrendered my life fully to Him, I began to find my true identity.  It wasn’t in being a “model”, it was in being surrendered.  

In the world, your identity is lived from the outside-in.  In Christ, your identity is lived from the inside-out.  When you know who He is, you know who you are!  And just as no two fingerprints are the same, no two lives are the same.  He has created each of us with individual gifts and talents that make us who we are.  

Your true identity is hidden in Christ and only a life lived inward can answer, “Who am I?”  

 

Ryan Cross