Why does identity matter? It matters because Jesus’ life and ministry showed that knowing our God-given identity is a priority for each of us. Inspired by the Kendrick brothers’ new movie OVERCOMER, comes Defined, an exciting new resource about discovering your God-given identity and embracing the wonder of who you were created to be.
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I was probably in college when I really began to understand and internalize and probably really digest what it meant to have my identity rooted in Christ.
And the reason why that is is because I just grew up in a great family, a strong family, a church-life kind of family. You know, kind of ingrained in my whole world. I have great parents and great siblings. And we were taught the Scriptures.
I knew what the Word of God said about me, but it wasn’t until I was sort of out of that protective bubble and I was around people who were saying different things, who had different ideologies and philosophies and values and morals, that I had to make my own choices about whether or not I was gonna live in accordance with what other people thought who I should be and the labels that they were placing on me, the freedoms that they thought I should have that made sense to them coming from their worldview and their frame of reference. Or whether or not I was gonna let the freedoms and the boundaries and the identity and the value and the morals that God says about me, whether I was gonna let that actually frame my perspective, frame my thinking, and govern my behavior.
And so I started making those choices with a lot of bumbles and a lot of stumbles and a lot of missteps.
The identity of Christ became ingrained in my own reality. I realized that God doesn’t have grandkids. That you’re either His child on your own, not riding the coattails of anybody else, or not.
And so I was already a Christian, but being a Christ-follower became my rooted identity when I was at that stage in my life. And I’m grateful because it’s carried me ever sense.