Discovering Your Identity in Christ
By Dr. Charles Stanley
Who are you? Trying to define yourself by possessions, accomplishments, or the way others perceive you often leads to disappointment. We were designed to live as God’s children, finding our ultimate fulfillment and contentment in His will for our lives. Let’s discover more about who we are in Christ.
- Honestly describe yourself. How do you really define who you are?
- What aspects of yourself do you dislike?
- Evaluate your answers to the questions above. To what extent are you dependent on external attributes or roles—such as appearance, education, skills, family relationships, and occupation—to describe yourself?
Unless we define our identity primarily by our relationship with Christ, we will encounter problems over time.
- How did Jesus describe Himself (John 14:9-10)?
- At the Last Supper, our Lord humbled Himself and washed the disciples’ feet. To what does John attribute Christ’s action (John 13:1-8)?
B. Walk in your new identity: Know the truth about who you are in Christ.
Some eastern religions speak of a person losing his personal identity as he develops greater god-consciousness. By contrast, Christianity teaches that we discover our unique identity as we draw closer to the Lord. Knowing we are secure in Him gives us the confidence to truly be ourselves, and His Spirit shows us our specific gifts and how to use them.
Our identity “in Christ” is emphasized over and over in Scripture. Below is a summary of what the Bible says about us. Fill in the missing areas of the chart. In the third column, describe how believing that particular aspect of your identity could change your life.