Who Even Am I?
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Over the years since my conversion, I’ve been caught red-handed placing my identity in many things. Even though we’ve been made into new creations, many Christians live our lives like we’re still searching for meaning. We seek to find our identity in our job, gifts, reputation, background, race, motherhood (or lack there of), and even in other human beings. Maybe we place our identity in our service to the Lord or our obedience to his Word.
All of these things are faulty foundations at best and deeply ingrained idols at worst. Our identity is the foundation of who we are. We can’t afford to get it wrong. When we place our identity in anything other than Jesus Christ, we cease to bring him glory and rob ourselves of true joy. If our identity is found in obedience, we get the glory. If it’s in our gifts, we get the praise. Glory that isn’t due us. After all, our gifts, job, good works, and everything in between was all wrought about by God himself. We can take no credit; we are due no honor.
We have been crucified with Christ. We no longer live, but Christ lives in us. And we live as new creations by faith. This means our identity is in Jesus and Jesus alone. Every good thing that flows from our new life in Christ is a work of God.
This is beautiful, freeing news for the Christian. This means, when we fail (which we will), when we snap at our kids, when we lose our job, when others talk badly about us, we won’t be left flailing around searching for who we are. Instead, we can face these things with our hope intact, knowing our salvation is secure in Christ. And there we find grace to repent as well as help to endure hardships.
Praise the Lord that when the Father looks at us, he doesn’t equate us with our failures. No, he knows we are hidden in his Son who lived the perfect life we never could. And oh, how he loves us.
Father, help us to find our identity in Christ alone so that we will bring you glory and experience true joy. In Jesus' name, Amen.
What are some things you’ve placed your identity in that weren’t Jesus?
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to three in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.