Who is our Identity Giver?
“Who am I now?” “Where do I belong” “What does my search for identity reveal about myself?”These questions were circling my mind when I was returning from Hungary, and over the past several weeks, we have discussed those questions here in our blog. To be honest though, I ask myself the “Where do I belong” question a lot more than I’d like to admit. But truly, I do not find the answer to that question until I ask the one who made me and gave me a place of belonging. Each of us were made for a purpose and each of us were given a gift to use in accomplishing that purpose. Sometimes I look around on social media and I wish my gift was more life someone else’s gift, but guess what, I’m not that someone. I’m me.
So as I am trying to figure out who I am and where I rightly belong, I must go right to the source. We must consider a different question: “Who is our Identity Giver?”
The answer to that question lies within the Bible
The One who has given us our very lives, our unique gifts and skills, and our desire for belonging, has given us his Son, Jesus, in order to be close to us in a personal relationship. The one and only God of the universe, who created everything and everyone, wants to know me and you. Just thinking about that blows my mind.
Around this time of year we start to prepare for Christmas through decorating the house, picking a tree at the farm, eating delicious sweets, and buying gifts for friends and family. We also start to prepare in another way: celebrating the long-time expected coming of Jesus that took place thousands of years ago. Jesus is God’s gift to the world and we celebrate him during Christmas (and really every day of the year) because he is literally the best gift you could EVER receive.
Jesus left his comfortable Throne in heaven (Phil. 2:5-11) to give himself in service to us. He went to the ones who had no belonging and gave them a place to belong. He came for the outcasts and the ones who didn’t belong anywhere. Honestly that just makes me so happy, because as a person who wants to know where I belong, I don’t have to look any farther than Jesus.
So what are some things about this Jesus? Why should I trust him? Let’s look at some different passages about him:
1. He is our Creator:
“For you formed my inward parts, you knitted me together in my mother’s womb” Psalm 139:13
2. He is our purpose giver:
“In your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Palm 139:16
3. He is our forgiver:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9
4. He is our faith giver/grace giver:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
5. He is our steadfast lover:
“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” Psalms 63:3
6. He is our sustainer:
“He who started a good work in your will carry it to completion.” Philippians 1:6
7. He is worthy of all our praise:
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11
8. He is our peace:
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33
9. He is mighty:
“Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord, or declare all his praise?” Psalm 106:2
10. He is our King:
“The Lord looks down from Heaven; he sees all the children of man; from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth…” Psalm 33:13-14
There are so many more things to be said about God, and so many more Bible verses I could have used. I encourage you on your own time to go and search the scriptures to see what they have to say about Him.
As you are returning home and attempting to figure out who you are now, seek to know more about God and deepen your relationship with him. It’s going to be really difficult to have a steady foundation of identity without knowing him personally. We can’t be a child of God, recipient of His love, or part of His community without first having a relationship with Him. When I got back from Hungary, I isolated myself from people emotionally and sometimes physically because I was going through a really rough patch. I even neglected my relationship with God at some points and it was the most miserable I have ever been. God gives joy and abundant life, so please do not ignore him! Run to the one who has open arms and a place for you at his table.
God is the one who sent his son to live a perfect life, die the death we deserved, and raise again three days later. Punishment for our sin had to be given, yet Jesus took it all upon himself so that we could have a relationship with God, our creator. Philippians 2 says that Jesus left his heavenly throne in order to come down to earth, become a human, and die for our sins. He did all of this knowing that it would bring people to his Father, and that he would be glorified. His mission has been and is still being accomplished, because there are still many people out there who have not been added to the family. Therefore, let us continue to praise Him and tell others about our wonderful Identity Giver, the Lord!