You are Who God Says You Are by Pastor Kim
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old has passed away; see; everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
There’s a game I’ve played at parties—maybe you’ve played it, too. Each person has the name of a famous (or infamous) person taped to his/her back. Then everyone walks around asking yes/no questions trying to find out their new identity. Am I living/dead? Am I a man/woman? Am I an entertainer? A politician? An author? An athlete? A serial killer? Am I on TV? You get the idea.
A variation of the game is that others will tell you something about your new ‘self’ to help you guess who you are. You always put off worrying until tomorrow. (Scarlett O’Hara) You had so many children you didn’t know what to do. (The woman who lived in a shoe) You are the first person to set foot on the moon. (Neil Armstrong) The point of the game is to figure out your identity. When you guess correctly, you sit down.
The first time I played this game, I was struck with its similarity to real life. Many times we determine our identity, by what others tell us about ourselves. You are so smart. You are a loser. You are so pretty. You can do anything you set your mind to. You are so clumsy. You are so fat. You’ll never amount to anything. After a while, those messages influence how we see ourselves—whether those messages are true or false. It is only a mature person who realizes that just because someone else says that you are this or that, doesn’t make it true.
One of the greatest blessings of a life of faith is the receiving of a brand new identity. In the Bible, when God touched and changed a person’s life, many times He changed his or her name. He said, “You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow” (Isaiah 62:2). Abram became Abraham. Sarai became Sarah. Jacob became Israel. Simon became Peter. Saul became Paul.
In the same way, God makes us his child in baptism. That gives you a brand new identity. If you want to know who you really are, then you need to look in the Bible and see who God says you are. It may be different from what you’ve heard others say about you, but which do you think is more accurate? Who do you think has a better perception of who you are, your Creator, or other broken, sinful people just like yourself? People of faith have a brand new identity—and that is how God sees us.
My Identity in Christ
John 1:12 I am a child of God.
John 15:15 I am part of the true vine, a channel (branch) of Christ's life.
John 15:15 I am Christ's friend.
John 15:16 I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit.
Romans 8:14,15 I am a joint-heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him.
I Corinthians 3:16 I am a temple of God. His Spirit dwells in me.
I Corinthians 12:27 I am a member (part) of Christ's body
2 Corinthians 5:17 I am a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:18,19 I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation...Ephesians 1:1 I am a saint.
Ephesians 1:3 I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
Ephesians 1:11 I am sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit who has been given as a pledge of my inheritance.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God's workmanship created in Christ to do His work that He planned beforehand that I should do.
Ephesians 4:24 I am righteous and holy.
That is a lot to put on a nametag, but that is your new identity. That is how God sees you. How about you? Are you ready to start seeing yourself as God sees you today? After all, it is the truth!