Hey there people, my name is Julia. I’m a writer, blogger, bookdragon, Ice cream lover, and a kazillion other things. (Annoying being one of those.)
You know what else I am? A Christian.
Now, if you’ve been around the blogosphere a time or two you may have noticed something. Many bloggers, in their bios, mention a handful of things that define them – such as a writer, reader, entrepreneur, etc. And in the same way, they will also include things like “Christian”, “Child of God”, “Believer”, and “Jesus follower” to let people know about their Faith in God. This is all perfectly fine, I firmly believe that we who are saved should make it clear Who it is that we serve.
Christians have fallen into the incredibly deep pit of LABELS. And this habit is starting to not only dampen our lives — but it’s also the very source of our IDENTITY PROBLEMS.
Do you call yourself a “writer”? — that tells people that you write (obviously) and gives them a picture of one of the things you spend your time doing. But, what if I was to take away that title – that label of a “writer” from you. Guess what? You would still be you! Me taking away that label does absolutely nothing to change you.
Are you a “reader” or a “bookworm”? That tells us you like to read — a lot. But if that label of a “reader” was taken away, you’d still be the same book-loving person as before.
The same is with an artist, or a plumber, or a chef – you strip them of their labels and they remain the same people.
Labels help define you, but they are not you.-Colin Wright
This is because, like Colin Wright once said, these labels — they are an easy and fast way to let people know what sort of things you like to do or are interested in. But they are still just labels – and no matter how well a label may describe you, it is still not truly who you are.
This is why people have such a hard time with their identity and knowing who they are.
Because we put so much on labels. We want to be able to grasp a title and say “THIS IS WHO I AM” – but its not that easy, and often, even once you’ve found a title that fits you really well, you’ll still feel discontented because that’s not who you are – things that define something can never be that thing themselves.
So how do you discover your true identity?
Speaking specifically to Christians, the answer to this is the same thing we forget while telling the world “I’m a Christian”.
We’re so busy using the title or label of a Christian, that we forget what that actually means. We start to view it as this thing, something we put on as our identity – like clothes.
The key to truly finding our identities is in remembering that Christianity is NOT a label – Christianity is WHO WE ARE.
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.Galatians 3:26 NIV
You are a child of the Great I AM. Once you were the child of Sin, but now you have been adopted into God’s family. Which means, that old identity, that old name, that old person you used to be is GONE. Now you are a Christian and that’s not just some title or label that describes you.
THAT IS WHO YOU ARE – Inside – The REAL YOU.
When you’re saved, that Sinful person dies and a new person is born – not on the outside, but on the inside – your identity – your very being is made new.
A Christian is not WHAT I am, a Christian is WHO I am.
You can strip away my claims of being a “writer”, “reader”, or “blogger” –you can tear away all the labels I’ve ever used to describe myself — but you can NEVER, NEVER, take away my identity.
All those labels, they can be lost, after all, they’re only temporal – but my position as a child of GOD is ETERNAL.
Because that’s the deepest part of who I am.
And behind all the labels – that’s who you are too.
So let’s not forget it.
Meet the Blogger:
Julia Skinner is a lover of fantasies, cleanliness, and sarcasm with a rather concerning fondness of sharp things. She dwells in the reclusive Texas countryside with her parents and 4 siblings where she bemourns her ruthless nemesis: MATH, fumes at her computer’s unresponsiveness whenever she attempts to do her college and buries herself between pages of words. Her existence solely relies on the constant, never-ending mercy of her Savior Jesus Christ and she lives to bring Him glory in all things.
Julia writes about all things inspiring, from books to hobbies, every week over at LITAFLAME.BLOG
Hey guys. It’s Emmie here. I’m honestly at loss for words at how wonderful this post is and how incredible the message is. Thank you so much to Julia for writing it and congratulations to her on winning the giveaway!
If you would like your guest post featured like this one, I am opening guest post submission in a few weeks! (Think March 6). I’m looking forward to seeing your submissions!
Are you planning on submitting a guest post when submissions open? Did you like this post as much as I did? Do you find your identity in God, not labels?