How do you maintain your identity in Christ when things like nudity, fornication, adultery, masturbation are not just glorified in the movies we watch, but are also presented as normal and acceptable? I watched a movie some months ago, and the movie made it seem as though not having had sex before the age of 18 made you queer.
In the wake of all sorts becoming the new norms as well as the celebration of those who practice them being portrayed as brave and courageous, how do you ensure, as a Christian, that you don’t get caught up?
The first way is the discovery of your identity. As Dr. David Oyedepo puts it, “If the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable.” You cannot maintain an identity that you don’t know. Discovering your identity is seeking answers to questions like, who am I? Why did God create me? What is my purpose in this world of over 3 billion people? It is at the point of answering these questions that you can discover your identity in Christ, and know how to maintain it.
Secondly, as cliché as this may sound to some card carrying, Bible waving Christians, the word of God is the next way to maintain your identity. The word of God not just ensures you maintain your identity, but helps you to discover answers to questions of your identity as well as grow in the fullness of that identity in order to maximize its full potential.
I used the word ‘cliché’ because sometimes you hear the preacher or the pastor refer to the word of God and you think “here they go again, isn’t there a new book or some other reference material that can be used?” “God’s wisdom…goes deep into the interior of his purposes…It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest – what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us” (1 Corinthians 2:7 MSG).
Maybe it’s because you feel a little guilty when you hear the word of God, knowing that once again we allowed our seemingly busy schedules to over shadow the time that should have been spent studying God’s word. Whatever the case may be, you must endeavor to study the word of God.
You also require faith to maintain your identity, because of some of the things that have become part of our society. Imagine being in the thick of an incredulous business deal and being asked to give a bribe or tell a lie, especially when it’s at a time when you have so many plans. At such times, you require faith in God’s word on what he says about your business, your career, or your home.
You can build up your faith by listening to the word of God. When you listen to the word of God and know what he says about you, then the need to rely only on your own strengths to accomplish your plans reduces.