Flight attendant: The incoming plane is delayed, sir, there’s nothing we can do at the moment.
Angry passenger: Well, are you going to make arrangements for me to get on another flight? This is urgent! Do you know who I am?
Flight attendant (over loudspeaker): Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen, there is a man at the desk who does not know who he is. If anyone has any information about his identity, please come forward.
Well, that old joke has been around for years, but I still like it! But joking aside, the question of “Who are you?’ is important. It speaks to the issue of identity.
You might answer the question with your name. Or who your parents are. Or who’s your spouse. But identity is significant. It has to do with personality. Individual characteristics. Distinctiveness. Uniqueness. Character.
When people have a difficult time of “knowing who they are” counselors call that “an identity crisis.” Christians can look at themselves and their identity from an eternal perspective. “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for” (Eph 1:11, Msg)
The Bible says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” Who you are as a person, has to do with Christ. You have an identity in Christ.
The expression “in Christ” is used 87 times in the New Testament to identity our association. Our Affiliation. Our Alliance. We are connected to Christ. We are united with Him. We are joined with Him. We have a partnership. Relationship. Kinship. My identity is defined by my fellowship, friendship and fraternity with Jesus.
You see, in Christ, I am accepted. People seek acceptance. And, too often they look in all the wrong places to all the wrong people to find acceptance. I am accepted as God’s child (John 1:12). I am called Jesus’ friend ( John 15:15). And I am given access to the Holy Spirit (Eph 2:18).
These facts provide security. I enjoy peace of mind and heart (Phil. 4:6-7). I am free from condemnation (Rom. 8:11-2). When I am “in Christ” my faith in The faith frees me from guilt. I can be released from the burden of sin. From its blame. And its bondage. Jesus promised, “You shall know the Truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Ah, a free man! That’s who I am!
Finally, my relationship in Christ provides significance. Life without meaning, is life without purpose. But God eternally planned for those who belong to Him, to find purpose in Him. In his Son. In his Word. “Does my life really matter,?” you ask. And God answers with a resounding, “YES!”
We are His workmanship. We are created in His image. And after His likeness. We are His spiritual partners on this earth. If a person can often find identity in their work by saying “I’m an Engineer, Doctor or Teacher, how much more should we find and feel our identity in the work of God!
Rick Warren was right when he wrote, “It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead-end.”
Thanks be to God that I know who I am. Do you know who you are?
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman