Know an Identity Crisis Victim?
Today, out there among people you and I know, sadly, somebody is thinking, “Sometimes I feel like I’m absolutely invisible to the world. Who’d even notice if I were gone?” Beneath the level of conscious activity, another dejected acquaintance has been haunted by a voice inside saying, “I really haven’t achieved what I had hoped to by this point in my life.”
Meanwhile, another friend may be absolutely gushing, “I am the luckiest woman alive today! Tonight after work, the most gorgeous man on earth is going to take me out to dinner!” or, “Oh, yeah, look at me! Who’ da’ man? I just broke my all-time quarterly sales record!” Still another is sighing, “Thank God it’s Friday! Now life can really start!”
What do all of these have in common? Circumstances are dictating what we think of ourselves. We are letting how life’s going right now define who we believe we are and what we believe we’re worth. In other words, circumstances can create a kind of identity crisis that robs us of an accurate assessment of ourselves.
Of course, whether a person believes in Jesus Christ or not, we are all worth a whole lot more than what we do (produce) or how we may feel about ourselves. Every one of us bears the image of our Maker, so we have tremendous intrinsic worth, regardless of circumstances.
So How Does Believing in Jesus Make a Difference?
While every human being is made in the image of God and, thereby, possesses essential value regardless of behavior or performance, not everybody has the same relationship to God. Our sin and rebellion can keep us from receiving all that God has for us.
God is free to do infinitely more with and for those who let Him restore them to a right relationship with Him. Once someone enters into a right relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ our identity actually changes! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Regardless of circumstances—good or bad—look what becomes true of us.
First Peter 2:9-10 declares of believers in Christ,
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
Also speaking to believers in Jesus, Ephesians 2:19 adds,
“So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household.”
Get this! It is beautiful and wonderful!
Of God’s “chosen race” in the Old Testament, Deuteronomy 14:2 says, “…the Lord has chosen you to be His treasured possession. (NIV)” Would it not apply to believers in Jesus Christ—the “chosen race” of 1 Peter 2:9—that we, too, become His treasured possession?
How does that make your day? Whether it’s a Friday when you feel you can barely drag your way through, or a day off work … whether you feel smothered with love, or like work is smothering you to death … whether you’ve been feeling great about yourself, or horrible, if you have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, you are now your Creator’s treasured possession.
Hammer that truth into the ground like a tent peg. So when the rough winds of life threaten to blow away the structure of your true identity, instead, you’ll hold fast blessed by who you are in Christ!