We face a daily choice about our identity.
We will either embrace the true identity that God designed for each of us, or we will settle for the lesser version that the enemy routinely works to saddle us with.
If we choose God’s design, we will have to actively work to internalize it, because the world at-large will suggest otherwise. It will tell us that we’re weak. We’re not good enough. That we’re irreparably broken and that we’re unworthy of love and acceptance.
If we choose God’s design, we must accept that we aren’t defined by what we do but rather by who we are. Our purpose is found in His purpose, so our identity is found in Him.
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:13-16 MSG)
As Christian men, we must choose God’s design, because it helps us understand God’s purpose for our lives.
Jesus, fully man and fully God, provides a picture of what true human identity looks like. He aligned every part of His life with the Father’s purposes, and He lived with clarity and decisiveness. He knew what to agree to, and what to decline.
We have access to that kind of clarity for our own lives if we seek to understand who God created us to be. We are sons of God the Father, and in Christ, you are loved, forgiven, favored, righteous, chosen, and empowered.
God wants you to know your identity because it’s connected to your mission here on earth. He designed you to help others discover their own identities, but you must first understand your own.
Ask God to help you remember the things He has shown you about your identity and purpose. Write down the things He shows you through scripture, through other believers, through dreams, and through the “still small voice” in your own heart.
The men of Junto Tribe are working to take off the clothing of the old man and lean into the truths of God. We’ve asked Him to heal our fractured hearts and make them whole again. We invite you to join us on the journey.
Pray about building your own tribe of men who will travel this journey together. Men of God who clearly understand their mission and purpose have the potential to impact the world by helping others do the same.
Given the choice in identities, which one are you embracing?