God created us in His own image. Human beings are easily identifiable since we share a common exterior, although eye, hair and skin color may differ. But when God designed us, He made each person unique. Even identical twins are not completely identical, as they do not share the same fingerprints. Each person has a different mix of talents, personalities traits, and intellect. Sadly, many of us struggle over our identity. Many attach their identity to their profession when really, our identity is found in Jesus Christ.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 (NKJV)
The apostle Peter was a fisherman by trade and leader in the early Christian church. He was a teacher, missionary, friend, husband, and apostle. But these descriptors are not what he (or we) is in the eyes of God. To understand our true identity, we need only to reach for our Bible. There are many descriptors written in Scripture.
To begin, we are the adopted children of God. And since God is our Father and the King of Kings, we are royalty. Yes, sons and daughters of a king are known as princes and princesses. Through the blood sacrifice of our Jesus, we are reconciled to God (Rom.5:11), justified (Rom. 5:1), and completely forgiven (Col.1:14). We are united to the Lord, in one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17).
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26 (NKJV)
“Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” Eph. 1:5 (NKJV)
We are members of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession and created to sing His praises (1 Pet. 2:9-10). And as the workmanship of God (Eph. 2:10), we are the sweet fragrance of Christ to Him (2 Co. 2:15). We are a temple in which God dwells (1 Cor. 3:16) and living saints (Eph. 1:1). Chosen by God to bear fruit (Jn. 15:6) we are called to be the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13), the light of the world (Matt. 5:14), His ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20) and God’s co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9).
He has given us the blessed assurance that all things are working together for good
(Ro. 8:28) and all our needs are met by Him (Phil.4:19). Additionally, the evil one cannot touch us (1 Jn.5:18) without God’s permission and we cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom. 8:31).
Because we are seated with Christ in the heavenly realm (Eph. 2:6), we have been rescued from Satan’s domain and transferred into the kingdom of Christ (Col. 1:13) thus identified as citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20). We have been established, anointed, and sealed by God (2 Cor. 1:21-22) and given great and precious promises (2 Pet. 1:4). We have been made complete in Christ (Col. 2:10). Thanks be to God, for we are blameless and beyond reproach (Col. 1:22), completely forgiven (Col. 1:14).
The next time you are confused or anxious about where you stand in this world, consider who you are in Christ. Take comfort in knowing you are loved beyond understanding. We are not only adopted children of God, we are also His friend.
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15 (NKJV)