According to the Cambridge dictionary, the word ‘identity’ means ‘who a person is, or the qualities of a person or group that make them different from others’. Another dictionary states the meaning as ‘identity is who you are, the way you think about yourself, the way you are viewed by the world and the characteristics that define you’. People's identity is rooted in their identifications; in what they associated themselves with. What a person associates him or herself with is ultimately who that person is, for all identity is ultimately in relationship to something else.
Your personal identity—how you see yourself—is often shaped by your early experiences in life.
Maybe you had a great childhood and have always had a relatively healthy self-image. Then again, maybe your parents or grandparents said and did things that made you doubt your worth. Too often, people base their identities on what they do (from their jobs to their roles in relationships), defining themselves by those pursuits. But by doing so, they significantly limit their lives. The truth is that God intends for all people to find their identity in Christ. If you’re a Christian, your identity encompasses all the abundance of being a beloved child of God.
Here’s how you can start living your life fully in Christ, keeping in mind that:
You’re a saint - Even though you’ll still struggle with sin while you live in this fallen world, your core identity as a Christian is as a saint, not a sinner. Rely on Jesus help to resist temptation. When you do sin, confess and repent. Maintain attitudes of humility and gratitude for God’s grace.
You’re saved - Thanks to Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, you’re saved from: sin, death, Satan, your old human nature, and a pattern of worldly living. You can respond in gratitude to your salvation by doing good works that God has prepared for you to do, to help others discover relationships with Him and help redeem this fallen world.
You’re appreciated - God notices and appreciates every good choice you make throughout your life even when other people don’t. So change the way you live as a result. Exchange grumbling for praying, competing for celebrating, bitterness for thankfulness, performing for serving, and boasting for encouraging.
You’re blessed - God has given you the greatest blessing of all Himself. No matter what other blessings God may or may not choose to send into your life, you can always be confident that God Himself will be with you, loving you, and working everything in your life out for good purposes when you trust Him to do so.
You’re heard - God always hears and responds to your prayers when you’re connected to Him through Jesus. Feel free to confidently express any of your thoughts and feelings to God at any time, expecting Him to listen to you and answer your prayers according to what’s best for you.
You’re loved - While the people who love you can’t do so completely unselfishly, continually, or perfectly, God does. As a Christian, nothing can ever separate you from God’s great love for you.
You’re victorious - Jesus has given you the power to ultimately overcome evil, sin, and death. Use the spiritual weapons at your disposal as a Christian (truth, righteousness, the Gospel, faith, salvation, scripture, prayer, and the strength to stand) in spiritual battles, trusting that you can always emerge victorious.