My little dog Coco is a yorkie poodle mix. He looks and behaves exactly how you would expect a male yorkipoo to behave. His identity is very much tied to the character, behavior, look and personality of his breed of dog. The concept of identity is a complex topic. But in psychological terms a persons identity is normally defined by the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks and expressions that make a person who and what they are. How a person perceives themselves and how the world perceives a person influence our identity. A persons identity is often formed by a variety of factors. It is very complex.
Why is concept of identity important? Why do we care about identity? Well God has a lot to say about our identity. It is important to us as Christians. For when we are baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit we put to death our old identity to adopt a new one. Our identity becomes the identity given to us by our Heavenly Father. Our identity is in our adoption as God’s children. He is then molding and shaping us as his children to be more Christ-like.
“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” Galatians 3:26-29
How do you perceive yourself? How would you describe the qualities, beliefs, personality, looks and expressions that define you? Are these characteristics reflective of your identity as God’s child? Are you clothed with Christ or something else? Making our identity in Christ and as God’s child is core to who we are as Christians.
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