Now when you read the title to this post, you might already be thinking that I am about to reveal to you that I am a secret agent, or that I live in the middle of a forest swamp in a submarine . . . . well . . . sorry to disappoint you on that score, but I've been thinking a lot lately about my true identity as a Christian. Who am I, really? When people see or talk to me, who do they think I am? Am I just another one of those people who say, "Oh yes, of course I'm a Christian," but then leave God just as a side note in their lives?
My biggest prayer for this year is that Christ would be my true and only identity! I found this quote from John Piper that is super good and encouraging on true Christian identity. Please read it, because it is sooo worth at least 5 minutes of your time :)
"There is a lot of discussion in our day of self-concept or self-identity. How do we view ourselves? It is an important question. And what I hope you read is that the specifically biblical angle on this question is that Christian selfhood is not defined in terms of who we are in and of ourselves. It's defined in terms of what God does to us and the relationship he creates with us and the destiny he appoints for us. In other words as a Christian you cannot talk about your identity without talking about the action of God on you, the relationship of God with you, and the purpose of God for you. The biblical understanding of human self-identity is radically God-centered.