Frank Sinatra while still alive had been frequently linked to the members of the Mafia. Reported rumors that were accepted as facts. Whether true or not, the point of this blog is this: our association and identity are shaped by either what we do, who we hang out with or even our past.
In America, we are identified by our Social Security Number. We are identified by facial features. Our basic identity is our names. In businesses and products, identity is crucial. We identify lost pets through their tags. So what is the big deal about identity?
From the beginning of time, our identity was established when God created man from the dust of the ground in His own image. That distinction between man and the rest of His creation is crucial because it reflects God’s character and intent-relationship. That relationship enabled Adam and Eve to identify the God who created them just by the sound of his footsteps.
Our present age is the age of identity theft. People pretending to be who they are not, stealing information to have access to certain services and privileges. Even the movie Face Off toyed with the idea of actually switching faces to assume different identities. When someone steals identity and wrecks it, the consequences is enormous. How does one repair a damaged identity?
Good news! Jesus died for us and gave us a new identity. The sin and the filth’s gone, washed away by His blood. We, as followers of Jesus are identified with Him. Sadly, some people who claim to be Christians refuse to be identified with Jesus and his works. Some even are ashamed to be identified with Christ.More people are rejecting Jesus. What’s up with that?
There is one master manipulator, the cunning hacker of life. He is Satan and he is the great identity thief. You don’t believe me? Read John 10:10. He is never happy to see souls won over to Jesus’ side and if we are not careful, Satan is so good at deflecting the truth by messing with your head. “You are a sinner”, “God doesn’t love you”, “God doesn’t care about you”, “You are good for nothing and Jesus won’t accept you”.
You can choose to be identified with the world and be accepted, or you can choose to be accepted with Jesus and be rejected. But guess what? When the curtain closes and we come face to face with our Creator, the sweetest sound of His voice recognizing us as his own is gonna be worth it all.
1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
1 John 3:1