Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Yes, I too changed my identity!

Identity- Who Am I?

With so much of the buzz about Bruce Jenner, one of America's greatest athletes choosing to become a woman and Rachel Dolezal, a white female who says she identifies as a black female, identity change is a hot topic. During all this discussion, I was reminded of the day in which I too changed my identity.

It happened when I was a teenager. I was pretty much consumed with self and my identity was in baseball and other things until I gave my heart and life to Jesus and exchanged my identity with that of Jesus'.  As Galatians 2:20 says, "My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."  

I can't address the morality of one who chooses to change genders or the rationality of trying to identify with a race in which you are not. These are serious psychological and maybe physiological issues for the experts to debate. I do know that what becomes our identity, including ideologies, people groups, past failure or material things, can determine our lifestyle and actions.

When I became a follower of Christ, I became his child and my identity changed and with that my lifestyle, actions, and the way I saw the world. My identity is made up of many things, gender, race, vocation, marriage, family. But above all of those is my identification with Jesus Christ which sets my purpose and course for life. May I always choose to live from that identity before anything else.  Maybe in all this discussion about identity we can include what identity in Christ is all about.
Click here to view a short video that explains very well identity in Christ.  Identity in Christ

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