Trademark

October24

Live out your God-created identity” (Matthew 5:48 MSG)

Ask yourself?

What’s your identity? Answer it…

Our identity is what defines us. It’s who we are, it’s our core being. It’s unique. Your identity is as individual as you are.  God has given each and every one of us our own identity, inbuilt inside of us.  Jools Hamilton once told me that God is far more interested in who I am that what I do; it’s so true. God is far more interested in His kids being of integrity, having an understanding of their own identity. I suppose what I’m trying to say is “Live out your God-created identity” (Matthew 5:48 MSG). Whatever makes you you, use it for the glory of God.

Here’s a question; are you an identity fraud? Do you try to copy other Christians? Do you try to walk this world in someone else’s shoes? If so, grow up and grow out of it! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; be who you were born to be! We’re meant to live up to God’s expectations, not live like those around us. It doesn’t matter how christian they are, only ever compare yourself to Christ. Or else you could end up turning into a clone. Never forget it. The one thing in the world that you can do better than everyone else is be yourself. So why don’t you do it?

Ask yourself?

Are you an identity fraud?  Or are you of integrity?  I’d encourage you to embrace your identity.

I was day-dreaming a while ago and I woke up to a few things. Firstly, I’m a work in progress; my identity is always evolving. I thank the Lord that He hasn’t finished with me yet, in fact He’s barely begun! The same goes for you; you may not have a good grasp of your identity but with God’s help one day you will. Another thing I figured was that I have to live up to my identity in Christ. Do you know what it means to be a Christian? In some countries Christian can be translated as being a follower of the Messiah, a disciple of Jesus, or one who is of Christ. I have to ask; do you live up to your name? Being a Christian is so much more than a label; its trademark is a life of service and sacrifice. If you call yourself a Christian, act like it and embrace your identity in Christ.

I’ve got yet another question for you; what about your individual identity? Do you live up to it? Let’s do something a little different today and try to trademark our identity.  I’ll start off. I try my best to live up to my name. My full name is Constance-Anne. I used to hate it until I came to know what it stood for.  Constance means to be constant. I try and stand to it, steadfast. My pet name, Connie, means to be firm of purpose; it has become interwoven into my identity over the years.

Don’t worry if you haven’t a clue what your name means or if it means nothing to you; it’s just an example. Your individual identity could be defined by your love of sport, creative arts, or music. It could be your eagerness to share the gospel with down-and-outs, your servant-heartedness in your workplace, or your patience when teaching Sunday school. Your individual identity could be made up of your passion to pray, your joy at seeing salvation, or your faithfulness to your Scripture Union.

Whatever it is, try your best to stick to your trademark, live out your God-created identity.  Even though our identities are all unique, we share one thing in common; we are to be people of integrity.

Think upon these things…

When your integrity comes into question remind yourself of what’s expected of you as a Christian.  Get this into your head, whatever your identity is, the most important thing is that you live it out.

Bible-bones

Why don’t you try and trademark your identity? Here’s an idea, track down a Bible passage that speaks of your character as a Christian and hold yourself to it. Seeing that my name means steadfast, mine could be “stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV).  Or pick a characteristic you want to improve upon, for example gentleness, humility, or generosity and find a verse that best describes who you want to be in Christ.  Got it?  Go for it!

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