You're at a party and someone asks, “Who are you?"
What do you say?
You'd tell them your name, talk about your job, where you live, some details about your family.
Is that who you are?
Do those things define you?
The more often we have this conversation, the more we allow those roles or activities to define us.
When someone you've just met says, "Oh, you're a pastor, a lawyer, a businessman, a teacher…", we feel that our titles doesn't capture our true identity.
We know we are deeper, more sophisticated, more nuanced than our title lets on.
This is true for everyone: the rich and the poor, the famous and the unknown. We all want to be known for who we really are in our core.
If we allow these smaller titles to define us, we won’t try to discover who God has created us to be.
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 (See also 2 Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 3:1-3)
Paul uses phrases like “you used to walk in these ways” and “the life we once lived” when speaking to Christians in the early church.
We must realize that we are a new creation in Christ. We have a new way of life that encourages us to continually die to the old person and live in the identity of the new person.
"Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?" 2 Corinthians 13:5
I am a new creation. I am in Christ. He is in me. When God looks at me, He sees Christ. When God looks at you, He sees Christ.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
"Holy" means without blemish, unstained. That's who we are, right now. Not "going to be eventually" or "one day if I try really hard".
Who we are NOW.
In Romans 8, Paul says that there is "no longer any condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus.”
This means the possibility of being on God’s bad side has been removed by Jesus. All our past, present and future sins have been paid for by Jesus Christ.
The Christian life isn't about managing my sin and beating myself up when I fail. It's about discovering who God has created me to be by believing who He says I am, and living accordingly.
Who am I?
I am a person learning about who this person is that God keeps insisting I already am.
A person learning to let what God says about me shape what I believe about myself.
This is how I become who God has created me to be.
You are in Christ. In His power. In His image. Holy without blemish. That is how God sees you. That is who you are!
"We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin." Romans 6:6-7
"If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you." Romans 8:11