Featured in the April, 2013 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Life is not that complicated if you know who you are.
However, if you have lost your ID, then there is trouble! If you are unsure of your identity, a very common problem, all else will be mixed up. Many suffer not so much from an identity crisis as from an identity condition.
WHO? Once you are unmistakably sure of your identity, 97% of your other difficulties will vanish. For instance, once you are certain you are an American citizen, then you pay your taxes, salute the flag, stand when the national anthem is played and patriotically observe Independence Day. If you are unsure, you may carp about your country and follow another flag.
If you are a man, then you act like a man, dress like one, speak like one and have the courage of a man. On the other hand, if you are a woman you comport yourself like a woman, look like a woman, dress like a woman and, consequently, you are treated like a lady.
If you are an employee, you ought to be loyal to your company, follow its regulations, cooperate with your boss and work hard to make a lot of money so your company can pay your wages and perhaps even raise them.
If you are truly a Christian, and not just a faker, then you ought to take the Bible for your rule book, behave like a born-again person, and conduct your life so that you leave no doubt in anyone else’s mind as to who you are.
Knowing who you are determines how you think, speak, appear and act. Once you have settled your identity, you have also set your schedule for each day and your agenda for life. To appear or act differently from what you are is hypocrisy.
WHOSE? What is not resolved by knowing who you are will be adequately cared for by knowing whose you are.
The husband belongs to his wife. Knowing whose he is settles numerous other matters. Now, he knows to whom to go when he comes home from work. He knows what to do with his paycheck, whose table to put his feet under, and what bed he sleeps in at night. A fellow confused about who he belongs to tends to have wandering feet.
A wife should know whose wife she is. Knowing this, she also knows she is to be faithful to her husband, flirt only with him and sleep with no other.
Ultimately, we all belong to God. He made us and, therefore, He owns us. David said, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1), and that includes all of us. We who are believers are doubly owned by God. We are His by creation and also by redemption. Paul wrote, “You are not your own; you are bought with a price” (I Corinthians 6:19, 20). Peter tells us that price is “the precious blood of Christ” (I Peter 1:19).
Now that I know who I am, a Christian, and whose I am, the Lord’s, everything else is certainly settled. This is a simple plan for living. All questions can be answered, all problems solved, and all difficulties resolved in the light of these two basic facts.
Since I am owned by God, I ought to be controlled by Him. Since He is my Master, I have no business questioning what He does to me, with me or through me.
Since I belong to the Lord, no one else has any final claim upon my life and all other allegiances are subservient to this glorious commitment to Christ.
Daily you can read in the paper of people who do not know who they are and, consequently, do not know how to act and think they own themselves with the result of living in a fantasy world.
Then, there are those peaceful, committed Christians, who know both who they are and whose they are. Such a person has not lost his ID.