The secret to understanding your true kingdom identity in Jesus Christ

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One of the first things you do when you start a new group is to get everyone to introduce themselves – so about a month ago, when we kicked off two new online bible study groups for women, I asked everyone to take turns introducing themselves.

For the most part, the way people introduced themselves went like this – hi, my name is ‘this’, I’m a ‘whatever their occupation was’, I’ve got however many children, they’re this old, and I live in this suburb.

I often panic a bit on the inside when I’m asked to introduce myself – not because I don’t know who I am, or because I’m feeling pressure to make myself look good (although to be fair, I definitely don’t want to make myself look BAD when I’m introducing myself) – but because the sort of information that I know I’m expected to provide doesn’t really describe who I am all that well.

While the information we’ve been conditioned to use in introducing ourselves is factual, and perhaps even useful to help the group understand things they have in common, form connections and understand the sort of perspectives each person brings to the conversation, the information about our occupation, our family setup and the suburb doesn’t really communicate much about who we really are, and what we’re about.

It doesn’t convey our passions, the things that make us light up when we talk about them, and it doesn’t make anyone want to lean in and ask more.

And that’s the stuff I really want to know when I meet someone new.

Is this process of introduction just a cultural norm?

I find it interesting that when we look in our bible at the example of Jesus – we don’t have any record of him introducing himself to anyone using the standard – Hi, I’m Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth – even though many of the people he interacts with are labeled with their occupations.

What we DO see are numerous examples of Jesus communicating the essence of who he was and what he was about from a deep understanding of his own identity – both as a man, and also as a representative of the Kingdom of God.

I AM the bread of life,

I AM the light of the world,

I AM the gate,

I AM the good shepherd,

I AM the resurrection and the life,

I AM the way and the truth and the life,

I AM the true vine,

I AM the messiah.

These statements leave us in no doubt that Jesus was and is very clear about who he is and what he is about.

He’s probably the best example of all time of someone who was totally clear on his own identity.

That leaves us with the question – How did he get so clear on who he was?

Jesus didn’t introduce himself based on the way the world saw him – he had a deep knowing of his true identity that could only have been given to him by God.

And believe it or not, God has quite a bit to say about your true identity too.

When we look at Scripture, we see that God already knows who we are.

And just in case you were wondering what God has to say about your true identity – here’s a snapshot.

Psalm 139:13 says you are unique,

Jeremiah 31:3 says you are loved,

Ephesians 2:10 says you are special,

Ephesians 3:17-19 say you are cared for,

Daniel 12:3 says you are lovely,

1 Corinthians 6:20 says you are precious,

Psalm 18:25 says you are strong,

1 Peter 2:9 says you are important,

Psalm 103:12 says you are forgiven,

Psalm 121:3 says you are protected,

John 15:16 says you are chosen and

Ephesians 2:19 says you are family.

That’s quite a list – unique, loved, special, cared for, lovely, precious, strong, important, forgiven, protected, chosen and family.

Romans 8:12 says you are also an heir of God and co-heir with Christ, which makes you a member of the Kingdom of Heaven’s royal family.

You are also uniquely gifted and uniquely called for the express purpose of building the kingdom of God.

So here’s a challenge for you today – take a minute or two right now and introduce yourself down in the comments, but I want you to think not about your job, how many children you have, or which suburb you live in – but about who you really are and who you were created to be.

As for me, my name is Amber and I am a follower of Jesus Christ who lives my faith with an eternal focus on building God’s kingdom. I am called to pastor, with a particular focus on discipleship and a passion for ministry with young people and their families.

I’m really looking forward to meeting you in the comments.

Until next time, blue skies!

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