Who are you? Identity Crisis
What’s your identity? Who are you? In your life you will make thousands of decisions. From what to wear, to what college to go to. From who to date, to what color shoes you want. All of our decisions help make up our identity. They help make us who we are.
Knowing that all of these decisions help make up your identity, let’s look at 1 Corinthians 6:19-20:
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
Paul tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament, the place where the presence of God lived. The temple in this time was a massive three story building and it was overlaid in gold! This was an impressive sight. Not only was it impressive but it was pure from sin. The people were not even allowed to be in the temple if they were not free from sin.
You see God looks at our bodies and says they are sacred places. It’s such a sacred place that this is where the Holy Spirit, God himself, lives. Your body is described as housing the same spirit of God as the temple held. Your body is sacred enough to hold the same spirit that this building that was covered in gold held. God has called us to be holy.
The Bible tells us that our foundation needs to be built on Jesus. If our foundation is built on Jesus and on His word, then we will never be shaken and this will lead to success. If our foundation is Jesus, then we will live a fulfilled life that will ultimately lead to happiness.
The world tells us that in order to have a solid foundation, in order to be successful in life, we have to lie, cut people down, put yourself first, and that you have to use your body in order to get what you want. The world tells us that in order to have our identity that will lead to success we need to do these things. In fact when we build our lives on even one of these things, we block out Jesus and block out His light in us. We start to put the work and the foundation of Jesus out.
Paul tells us that people need to see God in us and through us. That there can be no part of us that is not built on Jesus. He is the one that paid the price for you. He is the one that gives you value and gives you worth, and He’s looking at you and asking you to make him your foundation.
So where is your foundation? What is your identity? Is your foundation built on Christ or on something else?
Pastor Levi's thoughts on Christianity and Christians. I will try to update this every Monday.