July 02, 2020 Ashley Steelman

Identity Crisis

Identity Crisis

Photo Credit: Alice In Wonderland by Walt Disney Pictures

I love a good personality inventory. Myers Briggs, Enneagram, even those stupid things on Facebook – I’ve spent a chunk of time over the years selecting answers from multiple-choice questions and gauging my responses on a scale of 1 to 10. For the most part my results have always felt spot on and, at times, even eerily accurate.


Identity is a tricky thing. In our culture identity has become all tangled up and messy. Over and over, dozens of times a day, we are invited to question our identity. Now, the Supreme court gets to weigh in.  I think it is all part of the enemy’s plan. His main point of attack seems to be upon man as image bearers of God. 


WE DON’T HAVE TO LOOK ANY FURTHER THAN THE VERY FIRST CHAPTER OF THE VERY FIRST BOOK OF OUR BIBLES TO FIND THE INS AND OUTS OF OUR TRUE IDENTITY


“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them…Genesis 1:27-28


“Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good.” Genesis 1:31


So here’s the thing.  You will never know who you are outside of a revelation of who God is. When you are in the presence of God, He reveals who He is, and as He reveals who He is, you get a revelation of who you are. And once You have a revelation of who You are, You get to find out what You are called to do. We have many names the world calls us but God calls us by our true name. 


Watch this- Matthew 16:13-19 13 Jesus went to the area of Caesarea Philippi. He said to his followers, “Who do people say I am?” 14 They answered, “Some people say you are John the Baptizer. Others say you are Elijah. And some say you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 Then Jesus said to his followers, “And who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus answered, You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah. No one taught you that. My Father in heaven showed you who I am. 18 So I tell you, you are Peter. And I will build my church on this rock. The power of death will not be able to defeat my church. 19 I will give you the keys to God’s kingdom. When you speak judgment here on earth, that judgment will be God’s judgment. When you promise forgiveness here on earth, that forgiveness will be God’s forgiveness.” 


When we begin to declare who God is over our life then he declares to us who we really are. And here's the great thing- It’s not dependent on what the people of this world do or say, it’s dependent on the promises of God. 


We have the option to shake off the labels the world places on us. We can ditch the lies.  Our primary identity as forgiven, restored, complete, equipped, righteous sons and daughters of the Creator, ambassadors of the heavenly kingdom, stands firm. This eternal identity is not dictated by how many “likes” we got on our last post, or the number on or our Enneagram wing. Cultural identity may shift like sand but identity in Christ is rock solid.