What would you say if someone were to ask you, “Who are you?” Many of us describe ourselves by what we do, such as “I am a school teacher,” or “I am an accountant.” Others may have spent years studying genealogy charts tracing their roots to determine who they are through family lineage. But name-tags will not be sufficient when a life or death situation forces you to look at the core of your being and find out who you really are in relation to the One who created you!
What is Identity all about?
- The identity of a person is based on the distinguishing characteristics of that person.
- Your identity involves both your inner character and your outer conduct that distinguish you from everyone else.
- Outer Identity is how others know you: Your personality; Your masks, pretenses, outer appearance; Your actions. “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.” (Proverbs 20:11)
- Inner Identity or the Real You is how you are known by God: Your basic nature; Your character; Your value system. “All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.” (Proverbs 21:2)
- The word identity comes from the Latin word ‘idem,’ which means “same.”
- Your visible conduct should consistently reflect your inner character. This forms your identity.
“As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man” (Proverbs 27:19). “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”(Psalm 139:13)