Does anything motivate us more thoroughly than identity? Who we think we are largely determines who we will become. So who are you?
Descriptors can be helpful but the problem is your true identity is not found in you.
Your identity is found in who God has identified you to be.
The best place to begin constructing your identity is in christ. This is where scripture begins.
Geographically we are in Missouri, but fundamentally we are in Christ.
Our problem is we live in a culture that embraces elective identity.
All humans have attractions and desires that don’t always align with God’s will. God is not the author of every desire even if we feel we were born with that desire. Our identity is in who God has made us to be.
Craig Groeschel says “Our lives are always moving in the direction of our strongest thoughts. What we think shapes who we are.”
We are different because:
- We have a different identity.
- We have a different love.
- We have a different kind of compassion.
- We have a different kindness.
- We have a different humility.
- We have different gentleness and patience.
Gentleness labels your approach: strength under control rather than power gone wild. Patience describes how long this approach will last: as long as it takes.
- We have a different kind of forgiveness.