Identity theft is a common crime in our world today. Passports, credit cards, personal details are stolen and provide a lucrative income for thieves. The devil is a master of deceit in identity theft, ever seeking to rob, steal and destroy anything of God in our lives. John 10:10, Jesus said, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” When we received our salvation we received a new identity in Christ:
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Adam and Eve were created for perfect fellowship with the Lord God in the Garden of Eden. They lost that first position when they sinned and tried to hide from the Lord and cover up their shame of sin, (Genesis chapters 2-3). Sin had tainted their original identity and Jesus came, in the fullness of time, to restore that lost relationship with our Father God.
When we first come to Jesus at salvation, His incorruptible seed of new life is planted within our hearts and we are indwelt by the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ – Jesus on the inside, working on the outside to change our lives! The Holy Spirit, our divine Guide here on earth, works with us incrementally to strip off the layers of masks, like an onion skin, we have hidden behind and made our false identity.
I may have achieved much in life, but if my identity and trust is in them, it is a false foundation. On the other hand, I may have achieved very little, or have chosen a path in life that has led to destruction, failure or shame, and allowed these things to be my identity. Whichever end of the scale of life I measure myself with to produce my identity, only our Heavenly Father’s measure is the true one, our identity in Christ. It is pure, unadulterated and complete.
When the Lord strips away the false layers of identity I have trusted in, I may well come to a place where I feel naked before Him and cry out in desperation, “Lord! I don’t know who I am anymore. Who am I?” His reply will calm my troubled spirit, His voice of love will soothe my troubled soul. His chords of loving kindness will draw me close to Him as He whispers tenderly to me: “You are mine, the apple of My eye. Your identity is in Me. You are made in My image and likeness, and I made you for My good pleasure.”
My new identity is all in Jesus through His shed blood and the finished work of Calvary. Jesus is the Way and the Door to our restored relationship with our Heavenly Father. What was lost in the Garden of Eden at the Fall of Man can be restored to every Believer in Christ Jesus.
When you are confident of who you are in Christ, you will no longer be inhibited by thoughts of poor self worth nor be affected by the fear of being able to relate to men who have made great achievements or positions in life. In Christ, life is a level playing field. The Gospel is a “whosoever” Gospel, (John 3:16). Scripture declares, Romans 3:23, “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Everyone needs a Saviour to enter into that restored relationship with our Heavenly Father. Jesus is the Way.
Exodus 3 records the account of Moses having his personal identity crisis when the Lord calls him from the backside of the desert to become the great leader of the Israelites to exodus Egypt, and lead them to the Promised Land. Petrified by his own inability to perform this great task, Moses says to the Lord, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” He knew that of himself he could not do it. In the following verses we learn how the Lord taught Moses that his calling was not about his ability, but his availability as a vessel to be used by the Living God. It was about who God is, not Moses. Moses was brought to a place where he learnt to trust in God for everything. It was the hand of God Almighty who brought the Children of Israel out of Egypt, Moses was just the vessel He used.
……And so it is in our lives. Of ourselves, we can do nothing, but in Christ, we can do all things. Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Do you know who you are?