Sometimes, I ask people, “Who are you?” It’s interesting to hear what they answer. Some give their name…others give their occupation. Another answer is roles the person fills in the family or organization. Not many share their real identity…the one deep inside.
I have a close friend who years ago moved out of a lesbian lifestyle and into a walk with God. She tells her story, “If you had asked me if I was born gay, I would have given you a resounding ‘yes.’ Now, I realize I was not born gay, and I am not defined by the fact that I lived as a homosexual. When I came to God, He redefined me as a follower of Christ.”
Often we define ourselves by a lifestyle, a role we play, or some of our personal characteristics. Whether these definitions are painful or joyful, good or bad, represent success or failure…they are comfort zones. And even when we come to Jesus, we might be reluctant to let go of them.
People in or coming from a homosexual lifestyle might consider the gay world a safe place. People caught in a workaholic mode base their worth on their own accomplishments and success…they feel more in control that way. But when they come to Jesus, it is vital for them to let go of those identities and come to recognize who they are in Christ.
Today, even though you may still be struggling with old habits, be encouraged to let go of the old definitions and know that your most important identity is in Christ. Take a paper and make 3 columns, one titled “old Identity”, the next “new identity.” The third, “what would I believe differently about myself if I believed I was this new person?” write in 5 elements of the old identity and fill in the next 2 columns for each. You are a new creation! God has a great plan for your life and He is worthy of your trust.
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Dear Father God, I thank You for transforming me into a new creation when I became a follower of Christ. I still tend to see myself as “the old me.” Please help me to see myself through Your eyes – cleansed and made new. And help me remember that no matter what other roles I play in life, my number one identity is always “a follower of Christ.” I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One I follow, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17