“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” ~ 1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV)
Identity is who we are. It helps determine where we belong, what our group(s) is/are. We tend to have many identities, some more important than ours. So much so that identities take a hold of ourselves. We can identify ourselves by gender, race, profession, and personality. But, our identity in Christ is the most important identity we will have on this earth. Sadly, many of us do not realize we have this identity and how powerful it can be.
1 Peter 2:9 says we are a “chosen people,” a “royal priesthood,” a “holy nation,” and a “people belonging to God.” Moreover, John 1:12-13 says, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (NIV). Be careful that this identity is not just to be said with words. We must believe and accept it, act it out, live it! Also, these words come from God which is even more meaningful.
The world easily labels us and puts us into categories. We, as humans, can easily succumb to these labels that might not even be true. When we do not believe that the most important identity is in Christ, it gives Satan the chance to substitute it with worldly identities, identities that won’t last or identities that are false. For example, I recently have been struggling with what church to go to. Since I am half Mexican and half European American, I am stuck on whether to participate in a Hispanic church or an English-speaking church. I can see God using me in both churches. Yet for some reason, I sometimes feel like I don’t fit in one culture entirely. I am not 100% Mexican nor am I 100% American.
As children of God, the Lord did not expect us to really fit in anywhere. Regardless of what our identities are on earth, there is still a separation between those who believe in their identities in Christ and those who don’t. I am not saying that we should remain separated. But we cannot expect to be a part of the world if God comes first in our lives. Jesus Himself says in John 15:19, “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (NIV).
Nevermind the world hating us. We still have no excuse in walking confidently knowing that our identity is in Christ. In fact, we should be challenged—knowing and believing that we are children of God—to live out our true identities. Lastly, do you know how David was able to kill Goliath? He approached the giant knowing who he was and who was with him. David had faith and so was able to do something the world’s identities and opinions of him could not predict.