Who are you?
Everyone of us lives out of a perception of our identity. If you forget who you are, you'll forget how to live. For those of us who are in Christ, this means our primary, everlasting identity will begin on this foundation of redemptive love.
This foundation of being in Christ is our surest, most durable identity. But we have others. We have covenantal identities which include our spouse, our family and church membership. We even have tertiary identities that may come and go seasonally.
But, the world around us is constantly attempting to tell us to define our identity by things like how much money we make, how "beautiful" we are, our sexual desires or how successful we are at work. Living out of these false identities will only breed frustration and, ultimately, despair.
So, how do we stay faithfully living out of our primary, God-given identities?
We declare them. Often. Even daily if need be.
Below is my own personal list of identity declarations. They serve as a mental and spiritual alignment to God's Word and sovereignty. They remind me that I am created, loved and held accountable to God's sovereign plan. They inspire me to live as the redeemed man that I am.
Take these and use them for your own life, editing as needed. I pray that God uses them to confirm your truest identities, and motivate you to live for his glory.
My Primary Identity in Christ Declarations:
I am a good creation of the loving and wise Triune God. (Gen. 1)
I am an Image-Bearer of Yahweh. (Gen. 1)
I am a vice-regent of Yahweh in the Earth. (Gen. 1-2)
I am an unconditionally loved Son of God. (1 Jn. 3:1)
Therefore, nothing I accomplish gives me more love and nothing I fail at takes away love.
Nothing can separate me from the love of God in Christ. (Rom. 8)
I am a Son whom Christ has given authority in His Kingdom; he empowers me by the Spirit. (Luke 10:19)
I am a lamb in Christ’s flock. (Jn. 17:3)
I am one who lacks nothing. (Ps. 23:1)
I am a Son of Abraham, heir of the promises (and mission) of the covenant. (Eph. 3:6; Rom. 4:16)
I am a branch attached to Christ the Vine and pruned by God the Father, bearing lasting fruit. (Jn. 15)
I am a friend of Christ and His disciples. (Jn. 15:17)
I am both pure and free, washed by the word of Christ (Jn. 15, Rom. 8:1)
I am redeemed by Jesus Christ’s blood, cleansed from all trespasses according to the riches of God’s grace (Eph. 1:7)
I was chosen in love for adoption as a Son of God (Eph. 1:4-5)
I am a living stone in the Temple of God (Eph. 2:22; 1 Pet. 2:5)
I am a member of the Body of Christ (Eph. 3:6)
I am a royal priest of God (1 Pet. 2:5-9)
I am a citizen of God’s holy nation, His treasured possession (1 Pet. 2:9)
I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3)
I am raised up and seated with Christ in heavenly places (Col. 3:1-4; Eph. 2:6)
I am a disciple-making disciple of Jesus Christ. (Matt. 28:18-20)
I am God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ to do good works. (Eph. 2:10)
I am a chosen witness for Christ (Acts 1:8)
I am one sealed with the promise of salvation, the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 1:13-14)
I have been liberated out of the kingdom of darkness and now dwell as a citizen in the kingdom of light. (Col. 1)
I am hidden with Christ in God. (Col. 3:1)
Because I am in Christ, the Father delights in me! (Matt. 4)
I am an instrument for the praise of His glorious grace! (Eph. 1)
I am more than a conqueror in Christ! (Rom. 8:26-39)
I am an object of God’s mercy, hand-crafted to declare His love and glory! (Rom. 11)
I am a warrior in Christ’s army, re-born to wage war against all the schemes of the enemy, to liberate the captives and bind up the brokenhearted! (Luke 4:19-20; Eph. 6)
I am a brother to my siblings in Christ!
My Covenantal Identities:
I am the husband to Ann and the father to Ella.
I am a Swindell, a son of Jim and Cathy, a brother to Steven and Fallon, Christine and Manly, Claire and Wade, as well as an uncle to my nephews and nieces. I am the son-in-law of Kent and Sue Taulbee.
I am a local church member of Calvary Baptist Church.
I am a friend to many.
I am a student at Southern Seminary.
I am a business owner and gospel coach.