Both men and women struggle in finding their identity. A lot of men find their identity in their jobs, as do an increasing number of women. Others (both men and women) may find their identity in their families, their houses, their bank accounts or their hobbies. The problem with all of these is this: What happens when the job is lost and the family must downsize or health prevents the enjoyment of the hobby? Finding our identity in these things is like trying to do jumping jacks in a pool filled with quicksand!
So where must we seek our identity? For the follower of Jesus Christ the answer is, of course, IN CHRIST! The Apostle Paul could not make this clearer than he does in Colossians 3:1-4. There he tells us that we were “raised with Christ” and now our life is “hidden with Christ in God.” This union with Christ is so tight that Paul also adds that when Christ who is our life appears, we “also will appear with him in glory!”
So the answer to the question: Who am I? is simply “I am IN CHRIST!” Now since this is the case, we must learn to live our lives in a way that is consistent with our new identity. Paul lays out for us in Colossians 3:5-17 a two-fold process for doing so. He tells us that there are certain things of the “old me” that we must “put off” or “put to death” while at the same time “putting on” certain graces of the new me “in Christ!”
I invite you to listen to my message on this powerful passage of Scripture. You may very well find the help you need in “finding yourself!”