Putting on our new identity

identity crisis

There is a very real danger that our view of our own identity can become marred—so many things can mar our view of our own identity. It is not that our identity can be stolen, despoiled or changed—it can’t be. But we can fall into the trap of misconceiving and misconstruing our new identity in such away that it can appear (to ourselves) as marred. This can happen in all sorts of ways: through abuse; unforgiveness; bitterness; anger, withdrawal from the Body.

Indeed, we face a crisis of identity when we withdraw and choose not to live in community. So much is at stake here! If we buy into individualistic faith that says, I don’t really need to be united to the Church, I can stay back or withdraw or try to go it alone, or say that the ill health of my relationship with Jesus doesn’t really hurt anyone else not only am I at risk of not knowing my identity, I am also at risk of harming the Body, because she needs you.

(If you are reading this and feeling like a severed body part—by choice or by something done to you—then we exhort you to let go of whatever is severing you, find your way back to the Body and unite yourself back to her. Likewise, if you look around and notice a severed body part, help them come home. Be a part of their healing.)

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The cure for our spiritual identity crises can be found in Ephesians 4:22-24:

Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

 So, let us enumerate how we are to get properly dressed every morning:

  1. Take off:
    The old sinful nature & former way of life.
    It is corrupted by lust & deception.

  2. Renew
    Let the Spirit renew your thoughts & attitudes.
    Through the Word, through counselling, through prayer, through community.

  3. Put On:
    Your new nature, your new identity which is created thus to be like God—truly righteous & holy.    

We are in this together.
We need one another to stay on track.
We need one another to get back on track.

We are a family with new iDs.

// iD // part 4of4

This mini-series on our spiritual identity in Christ is based on teaching from our latest Ladies Coffee Morning by Rachel Setliffe (Leader of Refuge Women’s Ministry).

It runs in tandem with our current sermon series, Belonging, on church membership.