Who am I? That seems like a never ending question people try to answer in life. People often look to their roles, who others expect them to be, and their innate desires to answer it. Doing this can leave your head spinning with even more confusion. Have you ever considered your identity according to the gospel?
The Bible has a lot to say about who we are in God’s eyes. As a Christ follower, there’s relief and comfort knowing that my identity is established, fully known, and fully loved without me deserving any of it. That’s what grace is all about.
My faith journey as a follower of Jesus Christ started a long time ago and has had a pivotal influence in how I see myself and identity in this world. The world around me has had a lot to say about who I should be, but those messages tend to be empty and an endless pursuit for something I won’t ever be.
Scripture’s messages about my identity according to the gospel takes me to a totally different place when answering the question “Who am I?”
You are created
- Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
We all have a deep need for belonging. In this world, it’s sometimes hard to find where you fit. Part of looking at your identity according to the gospel, is to go back to the beginning- that you are created. You belong to God because He made you and has a purpose for you in this world.
Think about things you’ve made and created. Then multiply that by 1,000 and you’ll get a glimpse of the care and love God has for us as His children being made in His image.
You are in need of a Savior
- Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
- Colossians 1:13 “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.”
- 2 Timothy 4:18 “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Many people don’t like the word ‘sin’, but it’s a real thing. Just looking around the world we live in, we can clearly see the massive impact sin has had. Regardless of the sin struggles you have, God’s Word is clear that we all have a sin problem and that means it needs a solution. It’s not to shame, judge, or condemn because we ALL are in the same boat. So because of this we all need to be rescued.
You are loved enough to be rescued
- John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
- Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.“
It’s amazing to think through how loved we are that God would make such a sacrifice to rescue us. This part of our identity alone is a humbling, comforting and a healing place. This truth helps us fight the lies from the world about who we are.
You are forgiven and free
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
When you embrace your identity according to the gospel, there’s a sense of peace with the freedom you feel knowing the old junk and struggles are dying off, and there is hope in being made new and our future with God for eternity.
You are a witness
- Matthew 28: 19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
When your heart, mind, and identity have been renewed by these truths about who your are, why would you keep it to yourself? It’s hard to keep something so awesome hidden and not share it with others. Now this doesn’t mean shoving it down someone’s throat, but it does mean being open and authentic about what being a Christian really looks like. It’s not about rules, it’s actually about freedom! Spread the news so others can see the change in you and join you on this transformational journey.
So the next time you’re in a situation of trying to figure out who you are, remember these truths about who God says you are when you embrace the gospel in your life. Reject the lies this world shouts about who you should be.
If you’re not sure how you fit with this identity or you want to understand it more, I encourage you to find someone who lives this way to chat about their faith journey and how they’ve come to understand the truth about their identity according to the gospel.
What are some scriptures that remind you of your identity according to the gospel?