…that I may know Him” — Phil 3:10
One of my favorite movies is The Bourne Identity. The main character, Jason Bourne, suffers from a severe amnesia that leaves him haunted, frustrated, and confused.
A lot of us live like Jason Bourne. Our stories are not as dramatic but the issues are the same: Who am I, and does anyone care? We run from relationship to relationship, social event to social event, job to job, or even church to church, trying to “find ourselves.” And if we seek our sense of identity in our c
areer, who will we be when we retire?
But there’s good news for “identity seekers.” We can have a significant and secure identity in a relationship with Jesus.
Although God made us in His image (Gen. 1:27), sin ravaged our souls and denied us the joy of a relationship with our Creator. Our identity as His prized and precious creation was damaged—until Jesus Christ came on the scene to rescue us and reclaim His created ones for His own (see Rom. 5:12-19). When we trust Christ for salvation, we gain the privileged status of being “in Him.” He takes all that is old and makes it new.
By feeding yourself the Word of God and spending time with the Holy Spirit you will be more and more confident and comfortable in the identity that Jesus gave you. So don’t take lightly reading the Bible, praying, fellowship with other believing in the house of God, these are all things that help us get to know Jesus and get to know who we are! When Jesus asked the question, “who do you say I am”, and people gave all kinds of responses, it was Simon who gave the right response by the revelation of the Holy Spirit, “Thou art Christ, the son of the living God”[Mat 16:16]. Jesus looked at Simon, and said, “Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church…” [Matthew 16:17-18 AMP] Suddenly, Simon got a revelation of who he is, that he is no longer just a reed, shaken and fickle, but Jesus views him, as a solid rock, full of character, firm, unshakeable, and stable.