Who are you?
Fill in the blank: I Am ______________________.
Are you the woman who was sexually abused? Are you the guy who’s mother abandoned you at eight years old? Are you the overweight girl who refuses to go out in public because people will laugh? Are you the teenager wearing a pair of shoes from a garage sale and fear others finding out because you’ll be made fun of?
These things do not define who you are.
You aren’t what’s been done to you but what Jesus has done for you. – Mark Driscoll
In his new book, Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ, Driscoll takes an in-depth look into the book of Ephesians to explain exactly who we are in Christ.
Far too often we look for our identities in relationships, jobs, friendships, addictions, etc. It used to be really easy for me to conform to the identity others wanted me to live out. When I find myself getting back into that situation, I realize my eyes are focused on myself, not God.
For years my identity was found in my circumstances. I was sexually abused. I was raped. I felt the sting of abandonment from my alcoholic father. I used food to comfort me and protect me. I lived as a victim without hope.
I didn’t live out my true identity. I lived out who I thought I was.
Change didn’t happen overnight. It was gradual. At times it was painful. There were days it was much easier to remain a victim than take responsiblity for my life. That’s right where Satan wants us – in a pit, feeling sorry for ourselves, refusing to live for God’s glory.
What would happen if we all decided to believe who God really says we are versus what the enemy says?
Freedom. Restored relationships. Forgiveness. Restoration. Did I mention freedom?
It’s time for us to be defined by who we are in Christ, not what we do or fail to do for Christ. – Tweet that
Let’s get to it. Who are you in Christ? According to the book of Ephesians, here is the list:
~ You are in Christ.
~ You are a Saint.
~ You are Blessed.
~ You are Appreciated.
~ You are Saved.
~ You are Reconciled.
~ You are Afflicted.
~ You are Heard.
~ You are Gifted.
~ You are New.
~ You are Forgiven.
~ You are Adopted.
~ You are Loved.
~ You are Rewarded.
~ You are Victorious.
Do you believe what God says about you? If you have given your life to Christ, these identities belong to YOU. Believe them. Claim them. Write them down. Carry them with you wherever you go until you believe the truth.