Do you know what the word identity means?
Identity defined is the condition of being oneself, and not another. It is the condition or character as to who a person or what a thing is. It’s not just what describes you; it’s what defines you. The sense of self, in others words, is what our identity is.
Paul writes to Colossians:
“For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:3-5).
As Tullian Tchividjian puts it, “These words from Paul to the Colossians are truly colossal.” I can write a 5,000 word blog post on just these two verses alone but I’m not going to (take a deep breath). Let’s stick to what is italicized: who is your life. Paul is saying this: As a Christian, your identity is not just in Christ — your identity is Christ.
Not every Christian will at some point struggle with porn, greed, gossip, lying, etc. But every Christian — at some point in their life — will struggle with their identity. “What is my life?,” we may ask. Paul answers the “what” question with a “who.” The “who,” of course, being Christ Jesus the Lord.
It’s not just about “placing your identity in Christ.” Rather, it’s about remembering that your life is Christ. It’s not more work that you have to do (which is what the former is proposing), but what Christ has already done for you.
Jesus Christ is your life. A spouse, job, money, kids, position in life, etc. are good things, but they’re not the Godhead. Christ is our hope, love, desire, inspiration, Savior, Lord, etc. But let us never forget, too, that he is — among other things — our very own life.
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