This month on the Unified By One blog, we’re taking the time to evaluate our identities in Christ. Understanding our identity is instrumental to a mature walk with Christ. The more we learn about Christ, the more we learn about ourselves. However, it is impractical to think we can automatically reverse years of thinking wrongly about ourselves in an instant or even in a year. God does a lot of the reframing of our minds, but our daily choices do too. Our daily decisions betray our true accepted identities as we considered in the last blog post.
How do we begin the process of changing the way we understand our identity? How do we overhaul our identity?
The struggle here isn’t in getting Christ to forgive you and help you out of your past. Christ is more than willing to be a loving help in these regards.
The struggle is in accepting Christ’s help to inspire change in yourself.
You see, our identity is to be found in our Creator. We carry the likeness of God in our very being. We are born with the identity that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14). Over the years, we begin embracing sin and then accepting lies about ourselves that serve to devalue us.
Once we understand that we must repent, we do so with a submitted and hopeful heart. This repentance is submission to Christ. This submission to Christ is the first step to revert our identity towards Christ’s original intentions.
Our past choices do not define us. Our future hope and submission to God does. We all have issues from the past that we would rather have not experienced. However, we all have a God who is into redemption. Just check out how Jesus was so graceful with the prostitute in Luke 7:37–50. That girl’s identity started the process of being overhauled and righted the minute Christ said, “your sins are forgiven.” No longer was she “the prostitute” but the forgiven and loved of God.