This is 2021 which meant we are a few months removed from the November 3, 2020 elections in which we are still in the cycle of but all throughout 2020, it was clear all political parties and the politicians within them-most anyway-were in a real identity crisis.
Outside of the political realm is the same situation whether it’s sports, entertainment, media, or within our own communities. Maybe you’re uncertain of what I am referring to when I say identity crisis or perhaps you have no idea what is going on in any respective arena or realm so whatever the case may be, I am here to explain.
Simply put, an identity crisis is when an individual is questioning who they are and/or their worth. Often, when this happens an individual is in search of value or worth in who they are and search for an answer(s) wherever they may find some solace. Unfortunately, this solace or happiness only lasts for so long and typically wears off quickly which is why, as Christians, we must find our identity in Jesus Christ.
When we think about the word Christian, it literally means Little Christ or it did at one time. As Christians, we are to be Christ Like and do the things that Christ did while He was on Earth. This does not mean that we can be perfect because there is no such thing as perfection but with that said, this does not entitle us to do anything that we please. As Paul explained, just because we can do something does not mean that we should.
Paul assures us that God knows who we are and He knows our names: ““Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (1 Timothy 2:19). God does know each of us and does not want us to be a part of groups and activities that we were a part of before coming to Him. Scripture is clear that we are to be careful about the company that we keep because this company can corrupt who we are and even what we do.
This article is not going to illustrate the identity crises in other realms or arenas in our country because that’s for other publications. This is a Christian ministry committed to spreading the Word of Jesus Christ and our identity must be found in none other than Christ. If you are a Christian but you find your identity in anything before Christ, you must reexamine your identity as Christ informs us that our foundation must be built upon His word: “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;” (Ephesians 2:20).
As Christians, our lives are built on the principles of Christ with Him as the cornerstone. This is how the Hall of Fame members of scriptures found in Hebrews 11 lived their lives. If we make Christ the cornerstone of our faith and live for Him, we will not have to worry about an identity crisis. No, this does not mean that there will never be anything bad to happen to us nor does it imply that things will be easy on us. In fact, as the calendar changes and society transforms into something that few of us recognize, those of the faith realize just how difficult it is to live and conduct business within society but our identity is written in stone jus like our eternal reward is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Revelation 13:8 is clear “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Those that do not have their foundation built upon Jesus Christ will have their eternal resting place apart from those of the faith who will rest and reside with Christ and this is the worst possible result that one could have. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way but the sad part is many will object to it while they still have the opportunity: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:” (Matthew 7:24).