Identity Dichotomy

WARNING: INCOMPLETE.

THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE OF SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN ON MY HEART FOR AWHILE, BUT IT IS NOT FULLY FLESHED OUT HERE. I HAVE A LOT MORE QUESTIONS I WANT TO ANSWER, A LOT MORE SCRIPTURE TO BRING TO REMEMBRANCE, AND A LOT MORE ROOM FOR THE DIRECTION OF THE WORD OF GOD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

There are three integral questions that every generation asks. There are three vital answers that every person searches for.

Who am I?

What am I doing here?

Where am I going?

As Christians, we may not be asking these questions verbally. Rather, we have our own rote religious answers. Yet in the depths of our hearts, we are crying out for real answers. No, we don’t admit this – we are far too afraid to be that vulnerable. But our very actions are proclaiming it for the whole world to see. We are insecure in our identity.

Do you constantly question what others are thinking? Are your words and actions calculated to get the perceived acceptance of others? Even those of us who claim to be secure have a tendency to need to validate that security in either our likeness or separation from the accepted norm. This is a blatant trend in Christian men and women, young and old across the nation.

This presents an identity dichotomy. What, you say, is that? A dichotomy refers to the incomprehensible, illogical combination of a thing that cannot be combined. In this case, we are living an identity made up of mutually exclusive substances. Your identity is found in the answers to the three questions we asked at the beginning of this chapter: Who are you? What are you doing here? Where are you going? How you answer those questions defines how you live your life. Most Christians today live as if they have no idea who they really are. This is the identity dichotomy.

As Christians, we have been given an answer key. Unlike the rest of the world, which searches unceasingly for the answers to the questions of identity, we have been given the answers. Who better to define our lives than the Creator of our lives. Thus, let us look to the Word of God to discover exactly how dichotomous our identities have become in comparison to the simplicity of God’s perfect design.

  1. Who am I? (IN CHRIST) – Ephesians 1-3
  2. What am I doing here? (TO GLORIFY GOD) – Ephesians 4-6
  3. Where am I going? (OUT. TO MAKE DISCIPLES)

Why, dear brothers and sisters, do we insist on holding onto our identity dichotomy, our fears, confusion, and insecurities, when Christ has set us free of all of those things in the name of love. We have been given all that is necessary for life and godliness. Let go, I plead with you! To sacrifice the unsearchable riches of Christ for your petty concerns and the temporary notice and acceptance of others – this is a high price to pay. Spend a month studying Ephesians and praying for God to destroy your identity dichotomy, that He might unite Your heart in Himself.

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