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Identity Crisis

Macy Howard, Staff Writer

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In the world today, with social media and materialism running rampant, the potential for comparison is extremely high and self-worth is devastatingly low. We all, too often, take what we do and find value and worth from that, which is a self-defeating process because in the end those things will fade away and become worthless. God offers a true identity, built on His truth, not the things of this world.  

Matthew 7:24-27 says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

In order to avoid being the house that crashes our foundation must be placed on something solid. God is the only true foundation that will never waver and always stay the same. Building a relationship with God is how you can guarantee your “house” won’t fall down.

God gives us our identity, an identity of grace and forgiveness, which is transformative and life changing. Living out of our identity in Christ is allowing Him to transform our hearts and our minds to become more Christ-like. Due to the life-changing truth that is our identity in Christ, which is that we are children of God, forgiven, and loved by Him, we can’t do anything but respond to God in obedience. This cycle of living out of obedience because of our identity in God is what Christ salvation in our lives should look like.

When our identity is built around what we can do instead of who we are, again we are placing our identities in something that will not last. The only truth we can know about who we are comes from what God says about us. God calls us His children, His servants, and His disciples.

God gives us our true identity so we can act out of our identity in Him with obedience to His commands and purpose for our lives.

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