Identity. We all need a sense of identity, meaning and purpose. We seek to find or make meaning to our lives because there is something innate in us, in that inner conscience, seeking fulfilment. Identity is important. Even for something practical like opening a bank account, or going on a flight abroad, we need to produce I.D to prove our identity. So identity involves having a name, having a date and place of birth, a country of origin… an inheritance.
What about people who, through a traumatic incident, actually lose their memories (amnesia)? How would it feel to forget large parts of your life? To lose a sense of personal identity? It would be very unsettling. Some people even change aspects of their identity – ranging from a name change to something more jazzy, to a change of surname through marriage. But identity is more than a name, date of birth and nationality. Ultimately, our identity is because of a Creator God who gives all things life and breath.
That same Creator – the Author of life, the Source, is the One in whom we find ultimate meaning for our existence. This same Creator, in due time, stepped into time and space, into our human experience. The One called the Word of God, who said “I am the Light of the world”…. His name is Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew). The Bible record, in the book of Hebrews, says this about Him:-
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on highHebrews 1:3, Holy Bible
Have you thought about your God-given identity as a human made in the image of our Maker? You may wonder, as it might not seem obvious. That’s because something has interrupted that purity of identity. Going our own ways rather than God’s way. This is called sin.
The good news is that we can discover our true identity, when we come to the One revealed from heaven who identifies with us to be our Divine Rescuer. Because our identity also has a final destination. We can be assured of an after-life of peace and joy in the presence of our Creator God if we come in faith, receive forgiveness for going away from our Creator and Redeemer, and let our sense of identity be renewed.