If I were to ask you who or what you are most proud of being, what would you say? Would it be a successful businessman, an accomplished pianist, a good athlete, a caring nurse, an excellent teacher or a loving daughter? It could be any of these or something totally different.
For my example, I listed the following as what I am primarily identified as: a Christian, Husband, Father, Son, Grandson, Uncle, Brother, Brother-In-Law, Friend, Employee, Carpenter, Teacher, and Writer. Most people know me as one or more of these things.
The particular titles on your list are not as important as the order in which they are placed…
I am a Christian before I am anything else. It is of utmost importance in that it defines every other aspect of my life. My relationship with Christ shapes me daily into the kind of man that I want to be. As I go down my list each part of my identity is made better by the fact that I have been born again, changed and made new.
When we find our identity in Christ,
it makes every part of our life
closer to the way it should be.
After being recognized as a Christian, I am most proud of being a husband and father. I proudly wear my wedding ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to my wife. I can genuinely love her because of the love that I have been shown by Jesus. I adore my kids because I know that they are a gift from God. I can imagine just a little bit the way He loves me because of the way that I love them.
Next I am a Son. I have great parents that have shown me how to be a good parent to my kids. I try to honor them as the Bible says I should by being respectful and listening to them and seeking to help them out in whatever ways I can.
I am also a brother to a younger sister and younger brother. I am a brother in law. I am an Uncle to four amazing nieces and nephews. I am a friend. In all these facets of who I am, I am able to be better because of He who is in me.
The simple fact of the matter is, that we must have our priorities in the right order in order to be effective at our relationships with anyone else. If we don’t put Christ at the head of our lives and our hearts, we will fail miserably in our attempts to be good husbands, wives, parents, friends and so on.
Your identity in Christ should shape your life for everyone that you come in contact with to see. There should be no question. As you become more like Christ, others will see the change in you and appreciate the change they see.