Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Lost Identity

The Lost Identity

(part 1) 
By Joy W.
Every man or human being has an identity. Our identities can be characterized to our origin thus where we come from, our race, the tribe family or clan. Aside that we also have identities that is our names based on our religion and down to the days we were born. In these regard people are identified to be Africans or Americans, a Brazilian or a Scottish, a British or French, a Christian or a Muslim then a Monday born or a Tuesday born. 
We also have identity by organization where our various careers tell who we are, institution and what have you.  
We can lose our identity as persons or group. As Christians we have an identity because of Christ. People must know Christ to know us because we are identified through him and that’s how we get our name CHRISTIANS, followers of CHRIST. Our identities describes us and tells people who we really are. Christianity is not a religion of the mass, it is our walk in life with God. Because for us to live is Christ and to die is gain. 
In Genesis the bible describes a beautiful harmonious relationship of man and God, the creature and the creator as one body in one peaceful and wonderful world. The other creature respected this relationship and located their various places. Man was just like God because he was created in the image and likeness of the creator himself. And so he was a God given power to rule over everything that was created. To name them accordingly. 
When we fail to appreciate and accept who we are, we would be deceived and swayed to accept just anything with the intention of making us better but in actually sense change our identity. When our identity changes our destiny changes. Our identity makes us and tells who we are, it is an embodiment of our being, the moment we change it we change our destiny and we direct our lives on a different course. A king who has lost his kingship to become a slave can definitely not have the same destiny, unless he takes back his rightful position again. The bible says that we were created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27) but we can lose this. Yes we have been made priest and priestesses (1 Peter 2:9) but we can lose it. The moment we sway from the sight of God we lose our identity.  
He is the vine and we are the branches, when we detach ourselves from the vine we will die. When a tree branch breaks from the tree it dies because it has lost its root that powers its life. When we lose our identity we lose all its benefits and privileges associated with it. 
When the prodigal (Luke 14:11 ….)son in the bible lost his identity, he lost all that there is to his name but when he realized he could be better of even as a slave at the place he once abandoned he was restored. 
The bible says that there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth (Luke 14:10). With Christ there is nothing like too late because a day is a thousand years in his sight and a thousand a day. He picks the rotten and restores it as the most valuable thing you can ever imagine. The stone the builders rejected became the cornerstone (Psalm 118:22) 


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