First Love – Inspiring others to fall in love with Jesus
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full” John 10v10
Saturday nights in our house tend to be movie nights, so on Saturday we watched a film titled Identity Thief. It is not a film that I would recommend you watch, but as this is a Christian blog and not a movie one, I shall leave the review to the film experts. However, the film did get me thinking about identity.
The world is obsessed with identity, especially in celebrity circles. People want to know who you are, what your background is and what school you went to. Every detail of a celebrity’s life is documented on social media, chat shows and of course, lucrative auto-biographies. However it’s not just the media that is interested in identity. As I discovered in this film, criminals are even making a living out of stealing folk’s identity.
As we discussed at Woman2Woman on Friday, Jesus himself was no stranger to being questioned about his identity. Pilate asked him “are you the king of the Jews” (Luke23v3). The Pharisees asked him to prove his authority, “if he were a prophet” (Luke7v39) and the people said, “who is this man even the wind and waves obey him” (Mark4v41). They wanted to know for many reasons. Some asked as they were inquisitive, others asked as they wanted to trick him and some asked as they were desperate to know if he was the saviour that they had been waiting for.
What about you who do you say he is? All of those above will have formed their own opinion but we read on Friday there is one opinion that is truth. As we journeyed a little further in the book of Luke (Chapter 3 v 21-22) we read that at Jesus’s baptism God spoke and there was no doubt who he says Jesus is. For the spirit descended upon him and God said he was his son.
Are you struggling with your identity, longing to know who you really are, unsure of your purpose in life? As we discovered on Friday our purpose precedes our identity. Until we truly know who we are in Gods eyes, we will never fully live out our purpose.
So why is it so important to know that you’re his? Well as God’s children the enemy will try and rob, steal and attempt to destroy your identity. This is the ultimate case of identity theft.
Satan will try every trick in the book to destroy your character and let you believe that you have no future. But it’s a lie. Others may even have said you are nothing and have tried to destroy your character. Perhaps you have listened to the lies and believe you are not good enough, that you are nothing. However this is a tactic the identity thief uses to distort the truth, rob your identity and distract you from your purpose.
John 1v12 says “for to all who have received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”. If you have given your heart to Jesus then you are God’s child and you are what he says you are, not man. He calls you his child, his beloved, the apple of his eye, his masterpiece and creation. So when the identity thief comes prowling around trying to rob you of your identity, just you remind him of who you are and of whose family you belong to. For you are a son/daughter of the King of Kings.
Until next time