For many people, the New Year is a time to reflect on the past year and set resolutions for the upcoming one. For Christians, this is an especially important time to reflect on our identity in Christ. Whether you know what it means for your identity to be rooted in Christ, or you’re still searching for the answers, keep reading. Explore how to find your identity in Christ and stay connected to Him this year.
What Scripture Says About How to Find Your Identity in Christ
The first place to look when searching for answers about how to find your identity in Christ is scripture. In scripture, we learn why we have a new identity and how to live through it.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
What does it mean to be “in Christ?” It means that you’ve accepted Him as your Lord and Savior. That you’ve repented of your sins and wrongdoing and received the grace and love of Jesus into your heart. To be in Christ means to believe He is the Son of God. That He was sent to earth to die on the cross and forgive us of our sins so that we can freely believe in Him for eternal life. Once you make that choice, the “old” you (before you were in Christ) is gone, and the “new” you (in Christ) is here.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
When you accept Jesus into your heart and life, He lives inside of you, meaning you have access to Him all the time. Although your body doesn’t change, your heart does. You live by faith in Jesus rather than faith in yourself, money, relationships, or earthly possessions. Your past sins no longer define who you are. You are defined by a God who loves you and sacrificed His Son so that you may receive grace, hope, and forgiveness through Him.
“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
When Jesus came into the world to die for our sins, not all people received Him. Some people rejected Him and didn’t believe He was the Son of God. To this day, many people don’t believe in Jesus Christ. However, those who do have the right to become children of God. This new identity goes beyond earthly relations and extends to an external relationship with God. We are “born again” and given a new identity.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Children of God are chosen, holy, “God’s special possession.” The great news is that the invitation to become a child of God is open to everyone. Anyone who accepts Jesus into their hearts becomes a part of the “chosen people” of God. Your new identity in Christ makes you part of a “royal priesthood” and “holy nation.” It is better than any earthly status or stature.
3 Tips for How to Find Your Identity in Christ
Your identity in Christ is freely given once you accept Jesus into your heart. However, just because Christ lives in you doesn’t mean your humanness won’t try to take over. It’s crucial to learn how to find your identity in Christ and remain connected to God and His plan for your life. Here are three ways to stay connected to your identity in Christ and live from it as God intends.
1. Spend Time with the One Who Gave You a New Identity
If you want to learn more about your identity in Christ, you need to spend time with the One who made you a new creation. That means connecting with God through prayer, reading your Bible, and worship. Get to know Him better and learn His plans for your life. This will help you learn more about who God is and who you are in Him.
2. Spend Time with Others Who Have an Identity in Christ
When the Bible talks about a “royal priesthood,” a “holy nation,” and “children of God,” it’s an indication there are multiple people who have an identity in Christ. It’s important to associate with other Christians who encourage and support you on your journey. Being in a community of believers can strengthen your faith and remind you of who you are in Christ.
3. Spend Time Living Out Your New Identity in Christ
Once you accept Jesus into your heart and receive a new identity in Christ, the work isn’t over. Now it’s time to share the good news and hope of Jesus with others so that more people can become children of God. In the Bible, we are called to declare our faith and share our testimonies–how God saved us from our sins and gave us new life through Jesus.
One way to do this is to serve others selflessly. When we put others first and look for ways to help meet their needs, we live out God’s desire for our lives. Be willing to do whatever He calls you to do–even if it’s something that doesn’t seem “natural” or comfortable for you. When you feel a nudge to pray for someone, pay it forward, bless a family member, or something else, go for it. These “nudges” are from Christ inside you, teaching you how to live out your new identity.
You can also share your faith by proclaiming your faith by what you say and what you wear. At All Things By Faith, our mission is to share the good news of Jesus with Christian t-shirts for the whole family. You can shop our entire collection of faith apparel to find new ways to share your faith with others.
Finally, remember that Jesus is always with you, and He loves you no matter what. If you ever feel lost or confused about who you are supposed to be, simply pray. Ask God to remind you who you are in Him and guide you to live out your identity. Then, go out and help other people learn how to find your identity in Christ this year!