Identity

What makes you, you?

Is it your personality, your job, your hobbies, your spouse, your kids, your possessions, your relationships, what you wear, your fingerprints, your DNA? All these things and many others let people know who we are on the outside, the physical, but is that really who you are?

Every one of us is born with the inbuilt desire to be accepted, secure and have purpose. Everything we do is based on achieving these things…

We look for acceptance from our peers, from our families, from our friends, if that fails we try to find it in sex, alcohol or drugs and the like.

We look for security and acceptance in our wealth, in our possessions and in our relationships.

These things may help us for a while but they never truly satisfy our desire for fulfilment, there is always a gap, we are always left with a desire for something more satisfying and sustaining.

The truth is that jobs lose their appeal, people let us down, possessions break or become outdated, dreams change depending on how we feel, emotions go up and down like a rollercoaster. We were created for more than this…

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and he created man, in his image and for relationship with him. Genesis 1v26 tells us “Then God said let us make a man in our image, in our likeness and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him. Male and female he created them.”

In God…

Man found acceptance: Adam walked and talked with God on a daily basis and God also saw man’s need for relationship with others so he created Eve as a confidant and companion for Adam.

Man found purpose: Adam was put in control of the Garden of Eden – over all the livestock, trees and plants.

Man found security: Adam had food and shelter and everything he needed to feel safe and secure.

Everything was perfect. Adam and Eve lived life to the full in total acceptance, purpose and security, the way God had created it, but it all changed when the devil tempted Adam and Eve to take of the fruit of good and evil, the very fruit God had warned them not to take; sin entered the world and drove a immovable wedge between God and man.

Everything changed…light turned to darkness…life turned to death (spiritual death) and consequently the knowledge of God was lost, so humanity became selfish, angry, ashamed, guilty, rejected, weak and powerless. Because of the fall everyone is born into sin, separated from God and blinded to existence by the devil. Romans 3v23 tells us “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

Everyone struggles to find acceptance, security and purpose looking to things that will never stand a chance of satisfying our desires. There is nothing we can do to restore things back to the way they were in the beginning – however good we think we are it is only through Jesus that true life can be restored and it is only in Christ we find our true identity, acceptance, security and purpose.

Romans 5 v 8 tells us “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

Jesus came as the ultimate sacrifice, he lived a perfect life, he was tempted in every way, yet was without sin. He died ONCE and for ALL, taking my sin… your sin… the world’s sin, both, past, present and future upon his shoulders.

He died on the cross and then three days later rose again from the grave, defeating, sin and death completely breaking the barrier between God and man and restoring the opportunity for relationship by offering the gift of salvation to all who choose to believe and offering eternal life with Christ when we die and just as special, abundant life right here and right now.

John 3v16 -17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

Our identity is found in Christ; if we accept what Jesus has done for us we become a new creation; the old goes and the new appears, we are accepted as children of God…we have freedom…we have an interactive relationship with God… we have life in its fullest.

2 Corinthians 5v17 – “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone and the new has come.”

Our identity is found in Jesus Christ alone, the question is have you found your true identity? Christ is beckoning you with open arms, will you respond?

Be Blessed,

Pastor Steve

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