Do You Know Who Are You?

IdentityFriedrich Schleiermacher was an 18th century German philosopher and theologian.  He became famous for trying to reconcile the criticisms of The Enlightenment with “traditional Protestant Christianity.”  He is often called “the Father of modern liberal theology.”

The story is told that one day as an old man he was sitting alone on a bench in a city park. A policeman saw him and thought he was a vagrant.  So he came over, shook him and asked, “Who are you?” Schleiermacher sadly replied, “I wish I knew.” 

The dilemma of personal identity is nothing new.  But it seems more than ever that people are searching for identity. Looking for their own uniqueness. Even flaunting their individuality.

Many people define themselves by their career or profession.  Others by their wealth, social status, or position.  Young people often feel defined by their parents, grandparents, or family name. Some people define themselves by their looks.

But identity is significant.  It actually 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, however, 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 Bible uses the expression “in Christ” 87 times to identify our association.  Our Affiliation. Our Alliance.  We are connected to Christ.  United with Him.  Joined with Him.  We have a partnership.  Relationship.  Kinship.  My identity is defined by my fellowship, friendship and fraternity with Jesus.

Here are three advantages and blessings of finding my identity in Christ.

In Christ, I feel 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).

In Christ, I enjoy 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.”  Ahhh, a free man!  That’s who I am!

In Christ, I find 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

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4 responses to “Do You Know Who Are You?

  1. Larry Ray Hafley

    Ken,
    Rick Warren is correct. (2 Cor. 5:17 and Eph. 1:3).
    The promise of Eph. 2:18 is that of 1 Cor. 12:13 and Gal. 3:26-29.

  2. blhambek@cpws.net

    Ken – please add this to your ‘preachers word’ mailing list. She’s Josh’s (our grandson) fiance and a new convert. I know she will benefit from receiving these and she’s agreed. Thanks. Alice Graves, alg1023@gmail.com

  3. Rebecca Klufa

    Great post. Thank you for your words!

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