This week at Wednesday Night Worship we finished the series called "Identity" that we had been looking at over the past several weeks. We opened the night with a funny video about how to fit in and then went into our worship set which included "Dancing Generation", "Holding Onto You", "Son of God", and "I'll Lead You Home". Right after the last song I showed a video called "Who I Am" that showed four teenagers as they began their day and each talking about how the world is pulling them in many different directions. The question that they each have to face is "Who Am I?" rather than "Who does the world want me to be?". I began my message with a quick summary of what we had looked at each week within this series and how basically at times we try to hide behind different identities in life because of what is going on inside of us. In other words our insecurities lead us to want to feel accepted, and when we act on that it can put us in a dangerous situation where we allow ourselves to be exposed to sin. I shared a quote by Rhianna that I read recently where she said in regards to the person she is on stage and in the public eye: "That's not me. That's a part I play". In other words she is saying that she is hiding behind that identity, which is very sad to me.
Each topic that we have looked at throughout this series I have said that instead of that identity, we should seek to find our identity as a child of God. That is a churchy phrase that we use often but what does it really mean? Well the short Sunday School answer would be that you are saved. We looked at John 1:12-13 to get a clearer picture of what it means. We read in these verses that in order to be a child of God, you must be born of God. You must have believe in Him. You must have accepted Him as your Savior and as Lord of your life. Verse 12 says that then we have the right, or we are then given the title of child of God. We must be born of God in order to be called a child of God. We can not say we are a child of anyone that we have not been born of. In addition we will receive the inheritance which means we have an eternal relationship with God.
After identifying what a child of God looks like, we discussed what this identity looks like. You can truly be saved and be a child of God, but it not be your identity. We looked at these six things that should take place in our lives when we are striving to live daily as a child of God. There are plenty more but these are six that I felt like we should cover.
1) You are more concerned with what God thinks about you than what others think- Galatians 1:10. We covered this earlier in this series as well. We also believe what God says about us through His Word and do not believe the lies of Satan and others.
2) You are a bond-servant/slave of Jesus Christ- Galatians 1:10. Paul refers to himself here as a bond-servant or a slave of Jesus Christ. This means that we realize that once we are saved, then we no longer own our own lives, but instead we are owned by Jesus Christ and are to serve Him as such.
3) You have a clear picture of who God is which dictates how you live your life. We have been talking about this through the "I Believe" study in Sunday School. What we believe dictates how we behave. If we have a clear picture of who God is through the Bible, then it will guide how we live our lives.
4) Your misery in life turns to joy- James 1:2-4. We realize that the trials we face are a time for us to grow closer to God and be shaped by Him so He can use us. Our perspective of everything changes and we understand that our trials produce perseverance.
5) You choose God's will for your life instead of your own- John 6:66-69. When the people in this chapter heard the truth from Jesus, they chose their own will instead of God's will for their life.
6) You want Jesus above everything else- John 6:66-69. The people chose the world instead of Jesus because it was no longer convenient for them and it required a lot for them to continue to follow Jesus. When you place your identity in being a child of God, then you understand that it is going to be hard at times, but even when it is hard it is so much more worth it than choosing the world.
In closing I told the students that each one of us fall into one of three categories:
1) You are fully seeking your identity as a child of God. You are growing daily with Him and allowing Him to use you.
2) You are saved- but you are seeking your identity in other things. You are hiding behind other identities because of your own insecurity and desire to fit it, and are choosing that instead of a close relationship with Jesus Christ.
3) You are lost and your identity has nothing to do with Jesus because you have never made a decision to follow Him.
You have to ask yourself today "Who Am I?"