Identity in Christ - Pastor Bri Hickman - April 17th, 2018

As a senior in High School I took an English Class as an elective called “Search for Identity.” We read multiple books and short stories about characters who struggled with their identity. In each of the books, we were required to write an essay describing how it relates to ourselves and our own identity. At the end of the semester, all of those essays were culminated into a big project called “Our Identity Project”. As I prepared each page of the project, I realized that all of my essays related to my identity being in Christ. I was proud that without even realizing throughout the year, each essay somehow related to my identity being found in Christ. As I turned in my scrapbook full of “identity” essays, pictures, and life goals, I was fully rooted in knowing that my identity was found in Christ. A few weeks later we received our grades and comments back. I would have gotten a 100% on my project, but because each paper had something to do with God, I was docked 25% off of my grade. I knew this was wrong, so I went and spoke with my teacher. He explained that the content was great and that each essay related very well with the stories we read, but he thought I needed to not put God in my papers. He thought that I needed to find my identity elsewhere. Long story short, I fought this and went straight to the administration of the school. Eventually, my grade was raised to a 100%, but this was not done without a fight.

                This has me thinking… why in this secular world do people try to make us find our identities in anything other than God? When our lives are surrounded with God and rooted in the fact that we are His Children, everything else the world throws at us shouldn’t matter. God has called us His children and we are sons and daughters of the King. During staff meeting today, Pastor Bob explained the Kingdom of God and the realm of God’s effective will. God doesn’t penetrate into our own will, but instead we are to choose to be in the Will of the Kingdom of God. As Sons and Daughters, we are within the kingdom of God and we are to show other’s that they too are sons and daughters of the King.

                A few months ago as I was scrolling through Facebook, a message popped up from a friend from high school. I knew she was a fellow believer in high school, but she didn’t mention her faith to anyone. She messaged me about how much my faith in high school showed her that she needed to live out her faith no matter the cost. She mentioned our “Identity Projects” and went on and on about how she wished she would have had the courage to write about how her identity was found in Christ. I can’t help but think that this is what we are called to do. We are called to live out our lives and choose to show others that we are followers of Christ, even in difficult situations, in Public Schools, and Public places. How are you showing others your identity today? Are you showing them that your identity is in Christ as a Son or Daughter of the King?

2 Corinthians 6:18
“And, ‘I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.’”