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If I were to ask you the simple question, “Who are you?”, what would you say? Would you tell me your name? Would you tell me your job or career, your friends and family, your personality? How do you identify yourself?
My name is Amanda Keaty; I am a sister, a daughter, a friend. I am a follower of Jesus, a high school senior, a Young Life student leader, a ballet dancer and an introvert. But is that really who I am? From the outside, or even if you know me personally, it may seem like that is who I am. It may be an easy way of identifying me. But you see, this one “simple” question is really not so simple, because these things that we so easily use to identify ourselves, are the things that we do, the ways that we act, and they’re not all permanent. These things are not who we are. Taking this a step further, we, even as Christians, tend to identify ourselves with our shortcomings. Our failures. Our weakness. Our shame. Our sin. We recognize that we are so much less than God and we recognize that no matter how hard we try, we can n ever measure up to the righteousness and strength and victory of God, and so we start to take that up into ourselves and we use that as our identity, as who we think we are. We begin to identify ourselves with sin, and failure, and defeat, even when it is written clearly in the Word, “We are God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:10).
Let’s take a look at where this all started what made us identify with sin.
God created Adam, in His own image. He was created to be just like God righteous, holy, and without sin. However, Adam made a choice to sin, and since every single one of us was created after Adam, since our family trees and our genes can all trace back to Adam, we all became sinners. Sin became part of our genetics, and, unfortunately, we cannot change our genetics or our sinful nature on our own. This is what gave us our identity with sin, and because of this it is so easy for us to live in that identity and believe that is who we are.
But you guys, we may be forgetting what happened next, after Adam gave us our identity in sin. We may be forgetting the most important, most pivotal moment ever to happen in all of history.
You see, God did not create us to identify with sin. Because the human race made in God’s image was distorted by sin, God created a new man in His image another man, a new creation Jesus Christ. God did not want us to identify with sin or failure or defeat, so He came to earth as one of us as a new “Adam”. Only this Adam did not choose sin. And in order to get rid of our broken identity, Jesus took it all upon Himself, upon the cross. All of our sin and failure and defeat everything that was us He took with Him. And when He died, so did we. Each of us was there on that cross too. Not our physical us, but our spiritual us. Our identity us.
All of our sin? ... Dead.
All of our failure? ... Dead.
All of our defeat? ... Dead.
Our old, sinful identity? ... Nailed to the cross. DEAD. BURIED.
For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. (Romans 6:6 NIV)
So, your old identity is gone. What about now?
Well, something happened when He rose too. You see, just as He took you with Him to the cross, He took you with Him to be risen as well. Just as our sinful identity was put to death on the cross with Jesus, our new identity has risen with Jesus. Once you believe, accept, and declare that this is true, you are a new creation. Who you once were is dead and now you are alive in Christ. Your identity is now in Christ.
After experiencing this amazing revelation, I now have a whole new perspective on the cross, the crucifixion, and the resurrection. It wasn’t just Jesus on that cross! Yeah, He died on the cross for our sins, so that we could be forgiven and have a new life with Him. I knew that, and I have always been so amazed by that and thankful for that. But now to realize that I was there too? THAT is incredible. It makes more sense now. He took you and me upon that cross, so that we could be with Him, and in Him for eternity. THAT is who I am. THAT is who you are. We are a new creation with Christ. I am not my failures, I am not my weakness, I am not my defeat, I am not my bondage to sin. And neither are you. Sure, we still fail sometimes here in our earthly bodies. We fail a lot. But this is what the crucifixion and the resurrection signify: that whatever we do or experience or have here on earth is no longer a thing. In Christ, in our spiritual lives, in heaven, in the place where it matters... anything on earth is not a thing. It doesn’t exist in that place. And when we rose with Jesus on the third day, we became in Him. He brought us with Him to that place where it matters. It’s just our physical, earthly bodies that are here still, but our spirit lives with Christ in heaven.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NLT)
So everything you thought you were: failure, weakness, sickness, sin.... That’s all gone so stop identifying yourself with it! Stop telling yourself that you are those things, when you’re not. If you are still identifying with these things, you’re using a Fake ID. Whoever’s picture and name is on that ID is not you! That person died a long time ago, and God doesn’t recognize that person because He knows you as holy, righteous, and redeemed. So throw away the fake ID! Throw away whatever is saying that you are who you aren’t. Tell it to be quiet and leave you alone, because all it is telling you or anyone are lies. Throw away your fake ID and pull out your new, real, valid identity that never expires. This one calls you holy, righteous, and redeemed. You can no longer identify with sin, failure, and defeat, because God has taken you and put you in Christ and now you identify with Christ. You are in Him, and He is in you. Everything that Jesus is, you now are. Everything that Jesus has, you now have!
How does this make you feel?! I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel like I have a purpose, and like God wants to use me. Like when Katniss Everdeen found out that she was appointed as the Mockingjay to lead the revolution against President Snow, we are appointed as God's children to lead the revolution against the devil and lead this world to Victory, to the Kingdom of God, and that is more powerful than any other force. Discovering this has helped me to accept that gift of authority from the Lord, it has helped me to step into that role, and my desire is that you too can discover this and step into your role of authority with Christ. This revelation of our identity in Christ makes me feel like we can do anything, because with Christ we can! Any troubles we face here in this world, Christ will never fail to work in each of us to rise above. With Christ we can conquer any and all trials that Satan decides to throw our way. This makes me want to go and tell people, to go and tell the world about the one who rescued me from my old identity and gave me my new one! And although that seems nearly impossible to “tell the whole world,” I know that God is fully capable, and since He is in me, and in my brothers and sisters in Christ, He is going to make us capable and give us the ability, through Him, to reach the whole world yes, the whole world!!
Now that you know your true identity in Christ, what are you going to do about it? Will you go and live your identity? When someone asks you the question, “Who are you?”, will you tell them the truth? Will you shine God’s bright light and give to the world the love and joy that God has given you?
Will you step into your appointed role to lead the revolution?