Who am I in Christ?
Plus Printable Scripture Cards
I have struggled for many years about who I am in Christ. It goes back to even middle school. I remember back in middle school, I gained the nickname Anna Banana. My friend Stacey was the one that gave me that name so I like it, and quickly it spread. I would answer to it from people in the hallways that I really didn’t even know.
When I made it to high school, I was in the band and had a guy that was first string trumpet and I was 3rd string… he overheard my friends call me Anna Banana. He took the nickname and twisted it to be offensive and humiliating. I almost dropped out of the marching band because of what this guy was trying to label me as. My identity felt like it was crushed.
Like most teens, I don’t remember many profound things that my momma said to me but I do remember as I was crying to her about this issue.
She said, “Only the one that gave you life has the authority to identify you. Your identity is in Christ and Him alone.”
The advice from my mom did not take away the problem but it gave me the confidence to ignore and to trust what I know is true.
It doesn’t matter what other people call you, or even what you have called yourself, it is only Christ that has the authority to tell you who you are and whos you are. Who am I in Christ? Christ gives us many references to look at to give us this answer.
Who am I in Christ?
In Christ, I am never alone.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord, your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
This is so encouraging. If you are in Christ, He is always with you. Wherever you go, Christ Is with you. You can walk through this life boldly and courageously. Also, you don’t have to be afraid.
The amazing word for me is, I don’t have to be discouraged. How many times over this past year have you felt discouraged? Christ has been with you this whole time and you don’t have to be discouraged. He is in control and He is with you.
In Christ, I am known
“O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.” Psalms 139:1-2
Your father has given you a name, You are a part of the royal priesthood. You Person who has been redeemed, adopted, chosen, and qualified. Praise Jesus, You are not a mistake. You are not an afterthought. You are not even a liability.
Get this, You are created in the very image of God. That means every aspect of your physical body has been made in the image of God. I have to remind myself that God created me and it is my responsibility to care for the body God has created for me. But while I am caring for my body and trying to get it back into shape, it is still his wonderful creation.
In Christ, I am Unfinished
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6
We are a work in progress. Our lives will not be finished until we are in Heaven with Christ. This gives us the pass to not judge ourselves and not let others judge us. If we are moving forward with how Christ is growing us and we are seeking Christ.
This is such a relief. When I turned 21, that doesn’t mean that I was a finished product. At 30 years old and I had a husband, 2 kids, and a full-time job, I was still a work in progress. Now at 51, I am unfinished. I still need to be growing closer to what God wants me to be. Who am I In Christ? In Christ I am Unfinished.
When we surrender all we are with our physical and personality to God, we become instruments for his glory.
In Christ, I am Fearfully and wonderfully made.
“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.” Psalms 139:14
My value doesn’t rest on numbers or measurements. How much I weigh, how many Facebook friends I have, or who shows up when I have a party. None of these things really make me who I really am. Facebook is the worst and even Instagram is making life look amazing.
We can’t find our identity in these two platforms. We are fearfully and wonderfully made and no one but Christ can do that for you.
Let me challenge you.
We are all on a journey, we are all searching for our identity. Our core, foundational identity can not be something that relies on others. It can’t even be I am a wife, mother, daughter, friend. It has to be the identity that Christ has given you.
Who am I in Christ? Scripture gives us many encouragements to read, brand on our hearts, and hold on to as truth. I have created a three page printable that is Scripture Cards for you to print out and place throughout your home, in your car, or in your reading corner. Enjoy this gift from me to you. These Scripture cards have encouraged me over and over.