“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Col 3:17 (ESV)
When I was in college, over twenty years ago, I belonged to a fraternity. I lived my life as a fraternity brother. Living in the house, participating in all the events and so on. While in college, I even got a tattoo of the name of my fraternity on my ankle. At the time, I wanted to make sure that when I was buried I would have my fraternity pin attached to my lapel. My fraternity was my identity.
A couple yeas later, there was a kitchen fire that burned the house to the ground and took the life of a person living in the house at the time. The house was rebuilt and eventually people moved back into a house on that all-important street address. In the years to come, poor choices were made in the selection of people, leading to people making poor decisions during events. Because of these choices the university eventually put the fraternity on probation. During additional events more poor decisions were made and the university banished the organization from campus, and the national organization removed their charter. Eventually guys had to move out of the house since funds could not be met to keep the house, and the house was turned over to a new owner. What once seemed like a great thing where I placed my identity not only was literally burned to the ground; it was organizationally dismantled.
Did I have great times? Did I make great friends? Absolutely! If it were not for that fraternity I would not have met my beautiful wife. I tell you this story because there is something, someone, greater to find your identity. He will never die; He will never lead you astray; He will never lead you to a bad decision. A relationship with God the Father, through Jesus Christ is something that will last forever. As my relationship with God has developed, I see how strong and stable He is. I have learned that striving after things in this world left me empty, burned out, abandoned, looking for another place to claim an identity that eventually crumbled to the ground. It wasn’t until I turned to God accepting Him as my Lord and Savior that I found my true identity. Look to find your identity in the only One that will never fall or crumble. Submit to the Lord, and He will call you His own and give you His identity that will never fade, or change.
“Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to be children of God.” John 1:12
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9