Everybody needs to have an identity crisis—or two, at some point in their life. It’s beneficial to stop and take a look at our life, examining who we are and who we will become. The crisis part should come when we consider our life and see a contrast in comparison to the life of Christ.
An embraced crisis is valuable in life because it can propel us to change. Be mindful of the fact that God is always more interested in our heart. Change must begin at our core and behavior will follow.
Sometimes we just get off track—or worse, our self-will causes us to wander into activities and mindsets that might be good, and may even be church acceptable. But please do not become absent-minded or dull to the truth that we are to align our lives to Jesus the living Word and none other.
Important to remember—is the truth of who you are. Not who you think you are—not who people say you are—but who the Word of God says you are.
One of the scriptures that I have taught my kids to pray through and parallel their life with, is Psalm 1. Let’s look at who Psalm 1 says we are—this is truth—believe it!
- You are blessed because you do not walk, stand, or sit with sinners—you do not participate in the lifestyle of the wicked
- You delight in God’s Word
- You reflect on God’s Word day and night
- You obey God
- You are as strong as an oak tree and as tall as redwood
- You are planted alongside the Holy Spirit—your roots go down deep
- You always bear fruit
- You do not wither—you are strong
- Whatever you do prospers
- You stand firm and are not blown by winds of adversity
- You will be confident on the day of judgment
- You assemble with the righteous
- You are righteous
- God watches over your way
Psalm 1 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”
Psalm 1 is who you are. Yes, as one who has made the great exchange with Christ—His life in exchange for yours—this is who you are. As a child of God—as a priest and saint—as one with Godly authority—this is who you are.
If your life does not parallel Psalm 1, then maybe you need an identity crisis that thrusts your heart into deep change. An identity crisis that causes you to emerge refined, reflecting God Word.