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Identity… Who am I?

Who am I?

Who am I?

I know that most people will readily answer this question with a name and perhaps an affiliation or job, but I am wondering a little deeper than that. Many folks seek identity in work or family. They may not even recognize the identity is a basic need for every person. We just say, “I am me!” What else do I need to know?

We are issued a social security number now when we are born. We have a birth certificate with a name on it, usually given to us by our parents. We get a driver’s license when we get old enough to drive. We may have a business card or a work identification card that tells who we are. But do these things define us?

However, in considering who we are, our family and our associates definitely have an influence on us and how we think, how we perceive the world. Think about it. We learn attitudes and principles (or lack thereof) from the people who raise us. We tend to associate with people who think like us, talk like us, even look like us to some extent. Why is that? Identity. We need to know who we are.

Identity… Who am I?

When it comes to family, we cannot help the circumstances of our birth, but we can choose the people we associate with. In one particular case, we can choose a parent and family the will make a difference for us for eternity. An identity if you will that defines everything else in our lives. I am talking about being a Christian. First, always and forever.

The Father of a Christian is God Himself. He adopts us as His own when we commit to Him in faith because of His Son, Jesus. He gives us a portion of Himself at baptism, in the gift of the Holy Spirit. We gain a new identity in Him. Our associations change, we begin to identify with other Christians and we “hang out” with them. Our identity solidifies into “I am a Christian” above all else. At least… that is the way it should be!

Sometimes we let other things distract us or influence. Politics and political parties, hobbies or sports activities, social clubs or activities. All of these are ok and even acceptable, but not if they begin to define our identity. We must be Christians first and always.

Who am I? I am a child of God, a brother of Christ, a servant in the Lord’s kingdom. All else in my life must fall below or in line with this. God bless and I hope you have a great day!!

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About Steve Weeks

Minister at Rylie church of Christ

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