Identity

IdentityGod’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. – Romans 8:16

What’s in your wallet? And what do the contents say about who you are?

Your driver’s license has your name on it. But it also reveals your age and your weight. What do those numbers say about who you? How about your gender or the color of your skin?

You probably have a few credit cards in that wallet. Are they ordinary, gold or platinum? What do those cards say about who you are?

Are there any membership cards in your wallet? Lifetime Fitness? Costco? A student ID? What do your memberships say about who you are?

Got a business card in your wallet? If so, what do you do for a living? If not, perhaps you’re retired or unemployed at the moment. What do those things say about who you are?

Insecurity is a part of the human condition. We fear that we don’t matter, that we don’t measure up. And so, we attach our identity to things like the content of our wallets. It’s a game we all play, one that our culture encourages us to play. And we often use those identity markers to judge ourselves as better or lesser than others. We all know how this works. And we all know how it feels to lose at the game.

When we play the game we reveal ourselves to be willing victims of identity theft. We have allowed our consumptive culture to dictate who we are and how we feel about ourselves and others.

Your identity isn’t found in your wallet. It’s marked on your forehead in the sign of the cross. You’re a child of God, part of a family in which all are loved, all matter, all measure up. That’s who you are. That’s your identity. You didn’t earn it. It was gifted to you. Believe it.

So the next time you hear that question, “What’s in your wallet” answer with this awesome truth, “Nothing that tells you who I am. I’m a child of God.”

Take a listen to this awesome song, “Good, Good Father” performed by Casting Crowns. Click here.

Want to know more about what scripture says about who you are? Check this out.

Jeff Marian is lead pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville, MN.

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