Your True Identity
Your business card doesn’t define you.
Your identity in God’s kingdom is not printed on a business card. It’s not related to your income, your education, your accomplishments, or your failures. It’s not based on the color of your skin or the street where you live. These are simply temporary labels. Your true identity is given in John 1:12-13: “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
If you believe that Jesus is Lord, and have surrendered your life to Him, then you truly belong to the family of God. Now listen carefully. A college degree, a big company, lots of money, a political office – these are all temporary at best. They pale in comparison to who we are in Christ. If we truly understand this, we’ll make decisions based on that identity, and not the temporary one the world gives us.
So, to be specific, money does not give me my identity. It doesn’t make me a rich man, a poor man, or a bankrupt man. Anchoring our soul in our real identity allows us to weather storms, recover from setbacks, and persevere during trials. God does not want money to become our identity. When Jesus challenged the Rich Young Ruler to sell all of his possessions and give to the poor, he was asking him to change his identity to “A child of God.” He was not insisting that he become poor. Rather, he was offering him the opportunity to have true riches!
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