Today’s children and maybe adults are experiencing an identity crisis to a level that previous generations did not have to face. All humanity has struggled with an identity crisis beginning with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Satan tempted Eve with the thought that she could be something different than what she was. Genesis 3:4-5 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. Satan tempted Eve to think that she could be like God and convinced her that was a good thing. The reality is God did not create us to be Him but to worship and glorify Him.
Today our world, especially social media, tells our children and us that they need to be like ____________, you fill in the blank. So we lose the identity that God uniquely created us to be in a trade for what the culture wants us to be. God has given each of us who believe in Him a solid foundation for our identity. One that does not change with fashions, fads, or any external pressures.
Listed below is a selection of just a few of the terms given to our identity in Christ as image-bearers. These can have their own narrative built around them, but I won’t take that time in this article. I hope you will sit with your children and help them understand their identity is already firmly founded in the way God created them.
“Blessed of the father,” “fellow-heirs,” “dear children,” “redeemed of the lord,” “people near unto
God,” “lights of the world,” “heirs of salvation,” “salt of the earth,” “obedient children,” “the just,”
“heirs of the grace of life,” “children of the living God,” “servants of righteousness,” “joint-heirs with Christ,” “faithful of the land,” “kingdom of priests,” “chosen generation,” “witnesses for God,” “royal priesthood,” “holy priesthood,” “trees of righteousness,” “vessels of mercy,” “living stones,” “beloved of God,” “children of the highest,” “heirs of the kingdom,” and “chosen vessels.”
I don’t know what this list does for you, but it is reassuring and encouraging for me.