As a Christian, I believe that my identity lies in Christ. When I accepted Him into my life, He gave me new life.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. ~ Galatians 2:20
At both Bible Study and church, we have been learning a lot about the difference between living a flesh-led or a Spirit-led life. This is so intriguing to me, especially as someone that came to faith at a young age. My faith journey has definitely led me through it’s fair share of battles between the flesh wanting it’s desires filled, and my knowledge of what God wants for my life.
For more on this topic, check out this article from John Piper and the passages below:
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another ~ Galatians 5:16-26
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. ~ Romans 8:9
As to be expected, especially among millennials, many people struggle with the concept of identity. They confuse identity with self-esteem, and self-esteem with worth. Tragic as it may seem, it’s quite common. Take for example the concepts of relationships: if I only identified myself as a “wife,” then what would happen to my self-esteem if Josh died? Would that make me worthless? Sadly, although many try to deny it, this is all too true. I can’t imagine if the moment I said, “I do” to Josh if I immediately lost all my sense of identity; thankfully I’m still 100% Allison, Josh’s still 100% Josh, and most importantly, God is still 100% God.
So where does our identity lie? I’m a firm believer that it’s not about who I am, but Whose I am (Who I belong to).
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20