“The world will ask you who you are, and if you don’t know, the world will tell you.” – Carl Jung
As days pass and years continue to evaporate, I am becoming more and more convinced that what I do with Jesus is of the utmost importance. It’s not uncommon to become comfortable in America as a complacent Christ follower, living in comfort, going to church on occasion, and praying over the food that I take for granted. But dang, when life gets tough and people don’t like that you claim the name of Jesus, that’s when this thing called “following Jesus” gets to a different level of crazy.
I’m a follower of The Way. My career choices don’t define me, nor does my social status in the economy of material things. My friends, family, and wife don’t define my worth, nor do they give me a new name that will last for eternity.
It’s common for us to look for our identity in what we do, who we know, and how we appear to others. This day and age is built on facades, not inherent value beyond what the eye can see. We see someone who appears to be righteous, yet their heart may be far from God. Then there is the broken person who is constantly at war within themselves, yet they drink deeply of the grace of Christ each day.
We have lost what it is to be human. We have lost touch with our true identity as creatures created in the image of the Creator.
Maybe you don’t buy into all this Jesus stuff. What I would simply like to ask you is this: in what or who do you find your identity?
If you claim to follow Jesus, I must ask you: do you count all as loss compared to knowing Christ?
It’s time to know who we truly are.
“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ…” – Philippians 3:8