Singleness Of Identity
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
How do you define yourself? What is your primary identity?
Most of us are defined by a variety of labels depending on our age, gender, personality type, relationship to others, (moms, dads, brothers, sisters, friends, etc.) professions, talents, skills, wealth, economics, race, nationality, strengths, weaknesses, spheres of influence and so on. In recent years our political choices, religious affiliations, and race have been the subjects of much division and argument among various individuals and groups.
Are you Christian? American? Black? White? Asian? Hispanic or some mix of various nationalities? Are you Republican? Democrat? Liberal? Conservative? Independent? Among all of these what is your foremost and fundamental identity? What defines you before all other labels?
There are as many varieties and peculiarities of uniqueness that identifies individual people as there are peculiarities and uniqueness of leaves or snowflakes. No two are exactly alike. But we as those created in the image and likeness of God have the God given ability to determine the priority of ways we choose to identify ourselves.
By virtue of creation we are born male and female. By virtue of DNA we possess certain ethnic physical characteristics. We are all born with certain personality inclinations, which define how we relate to the world. Still, there are other conditions of life into which we are born that are the result of our parentage.
Why is identity so important?
How we choose to define ourselves will be determined by what we believe, how we will act and the manner in which we all relate to others. It can determine our success or failure in life. It will determine our ultimate destiny. Much of what we see in the behavior of many individuals and groups today is a direct result of how they see themselves and how they see and value or devalue others.
The Scriptures ask two important questions about identity.
“Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?” Isaiah 53:1
“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.” Exodus 32:26
How you answer these questions defines not only who you are but how you will live your life.
Observe the manner of those who act out in ways that are counter to the nature and character of God. These are not those who believe or stand on the Lord’s side.
Those who believe will act in ways consistent with the nature and character of God. Who you know yourself to be is either one with God or one against Him. You cannot serve two masters. Likewise, you cannot claim two opposing identities.
Let’s consider this more deeply over the next few days.