Who Am I? Am I defined by what I do? Is my identity linked to the things that I possess? Is my identity tied down by my past, relationships, family, or my appearance? We have been looking at a list of identifiers of who we really are in Christ. Not who we are aside from Christ, because if you have placed your trust in the Savior then your identity really has changed and is still changing until he returns. If you missed the other posts here is a link to yesterday’s post, which talks about how Christ makes us complete and contains the list of the other posts.
What are you relating your security in? Is it in the eternal or is it in the temporal? We become insecure when we depend upon temporal things which are liable to change. For example, you may try to find security in a place. You have a room in you home, a park you go to, or another physical destination that you like to get away from people to be safe, secure, and free. But, what happens when that place is taken away? Perhaps you run to this place to get away from the real world of abuse. You have been facing abuse all your life from various people and this place gives you security! But, what if that place was discovered by those who would abuse you? Then what?
Maybe you look for security in your finances. You have a good job that pays really well, a big home with a nice family, and several sports cars in your garage to show off to others. You have worked hard to earn all of this, you reason. You deserve this, you will say. These things make me who I am, you might add. So, what happens when these things are taken away? You get laid off. You were trusting in the money you earned so much that you put it in the stock market to boost you out of your house mortgage. Your nice family has turned into a stressful, frustrating, and broken mess due to you losing your job. Your wife threatens to leave because she cannot see a way out of all this debt and your marriage hadn’t been particularly strong anyways. You won’t sell your fancy sports cars because it is all you have left to take pride in! But, when the bank comes to your home to say that your home is being foreclosed due to your debt to the bank, you finally have to sell them. You have nothing. You identify yourself now as a nobody.
Luke 12:15–21 (ESV)
15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Many people look for a sense of security in temporal relationships. Spouses will become insecure when they fear that their partner is going to leave them. An employee fears the thought of losing her job so she decides to befriend the manager in hopes of boosting her name out of the “bad list.” A college student is anxious because they believe they may lose their roommate, which will increase his rent.
If you set your ultimate security upon temporal things you can be sure to be disappointed sooner or later. Insecurity comes when you lay your security in something that will not last. Safe places, finances, and relationships here on earth are all liable to change. They are like the sand that the fool builds his house upon, but when the rains come and the waters rise…. his house is swept away because the foundation was not a good one!
We face the reality that Christ is coming again. This is a sure promise made all over the Old Testament. It is found in Jesus’ teachings. It is found in the Apostles teachings. It is written all over God’s Word. It will come. Heed Paul’s sobering warning:
1 Thessalonians 5:2–5 (ESV)
2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
Destruction will come upon those who are not found in Christ. They have built their houses on sinking sand instead of The Solid Rock, Christ Jesus. In Christ, we are children of light, children of the day. Our identity is secure in Christ.
We must have our identity rooted in Christ. In him we are secure. In him, there are no shifting shadows, but only pure light. Have your gaze set on eternal things. Place your trust in Christ alone for security. He is eternal. He will not change. He is faithful.
Psalm 4:8 (ESV)
8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.