People often find their identities in power, money, and status, but if we’re lucky enough to ever get power, money, and status, we’ll find out our souls are too big to be filled by these things.
Personally, I’ve often place my identity in being the funny guy. I’ve done this my entire life, dating back to elementary school. However, when I tell a funny joke, or get a big group of people laughing, It feels exhilarating, but I don’t feel fulfilled. The reason is because as quick as someone laughed, the moment passes and I’m in search of the next great comedic moment. Living for things other than Jesus often leaves us feeling unsatisfied and unfulfilled.
Jim Carey, famous and respected actor, once said, ‘I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer”. The things of this world can’t truly satisfy us. This is because we were created for so much more than this world has to offer.
Have you ever felt unsatisfied and/or unfulfilled when you’ve tried to find your identity in things of this world? Well, we feel this way because this world is not our home. Our true home is within the loving embrace of God. This is why this world cannot truly satisfy the yearnings of our heart.
God has made Himself known to us in this world, through the work of the Holy Spirit, but every believer longs for the day when we see Jesus face-to-face. We were created for so much more than for things of this world.
It’s easy to find our identity in things of this world, since they are right in front of us. We are constantly being tempted to find our meaning in things like money, power, status, and, here’s a big one, a romantic relationship. People think their romantic relationship defines who they are, but, again, we are created for such a higher identity.
We shouldn’t find our identity in things of this world, but instead we should find our identity in Jesus. You probably have heard this, but why should we have our identity in Jesus? Why is this a smart decision?
Jesus is the only constant, stable, and secure identity to have. All other identities are based on our actions (i.e. our jokes, our looks, our popularity, our job, our grades, etc.), but an identity in Jesus is based on the actions of Jesus, namely his crucifixion and resurrection. This is why it’s secure. It’s already done. When Jesus was up on the cross, he yelled, “It is finished”. He finished securing our path to salvation, our identity, and our hope. It’s all finished. All that we must do is simply put our faith and trust in Him.
An identity in things of this world aren’t secure, since it’s based on our actions. We will constantly be asking, “Am I good enough today?. If you find your identity in what others say about you (i.e. popularity, physical appearance), you will constantly wondering if people like you that particular day. An identity in things of this world is a bottomless pit of searching for meaning, while an identity in Christ is a secure resting place for our heart. We have found our meaning or purpose in Jesus. The search is over.
We should put our identity in Him, not in us, since doing so undermines everything Jesus went through. He volunteered to be humiliated, beaten, and murdered, so that you and I could find peace, joy, and meaning in our relationship with Jesus.
Let’s stop finding our purpose in anything other than Jesus. He is the only constant, stable, and secure identity.