A devotional thought from Geoff Ashley for “Forever Family”
Such a short question—Who are you?—but one packed with layers of meaning. How should we respond? Some might highlight their academic or athletic accomplishments and awards. Others will choose to emphasize their vocation or résumé or boast of gender, ethnicity, or physical attributes. Some identify themselves by their spouse, house, car, children, trinkets, or travels.
Is identity truly defined by marital or social status, possessions or positions? What best defines each of us as persons?
The Lord speaks to the issue of identity, and the Scriptures are indeed oriented toward the question of identity. The foundational characteristic of identity is not relationship to a spouse, children, or possessions but rather to the sovereign Creator of the universe. The primary foundation upon which identity is built is the gospel of Jesus Christ. At the center of our being is our relationship to the supremacy of the Son of God.
Who are you? If you are a Christian, you are more than a first and last name, more than a spouse, job title, ethnicity, or gender. If you are a believer in and follower of Jesus Christ, you are a justified saint. You are a bondservant of Christ. You are a son or daughter of the living God, a holy temple in whom the Spirit dwells, an heir of all things through Christ.
Is this how you think of yourself at your core?
Pause and Reflect
• Consider for a moment how you would answer the question “Who are you?”
• How would you attempt to prioritize the different perspectives from which to answer that question?
• How does knowing that you are a son or daughter of God affect the way you live on a day-to-day basis? What are some examples of how your life is different in response to this reality?