The enemy comes to steal your identity. The church of Jesus Christ faces numerous problems due to identity theft. Jesus died to secure His bride, (His body, His people, and His church). We don’t go to church, we are the church. Until we identify what has happened and is happening to the body of Christ, we may forfeit the mission entrusted to us.
Sometimes I feel like an undercover agent for the body of Christ, keenly aware of what’s happening around me and to the church. I know that if I slack on protecting my identity, the enemy will have me just where he wants me-scared and ineffective for the kingdom of God. I am reminded of my Auntie Florrie’s words when she was facing difficulty, “The joy of the Lord is my strength (Neh. 8:10). If I allow anyone to steal my joy, they steal my strength, and I can’t allow that to happen.” Remaining armed in this age of deception guards against identity theft.
Christian identity theft looks something like this: spiritual malnourishment, sin, un-forgiveness, approval addiction, pride, fear, gripped by past failures, apathy, procrastination, ungodly relationships, doubt, anger, resentment, bitterness, immaturity, impurity, depression, anxiety and living under lies rather than walking in the truth-just to name a few!
The first step in regaining Christian identity is acknowledging its exodus. Unfortunately, sometimes we are lulled to sleep so that we don’t see what is really happening to us. Before we know it, our lives may be in shambles, looking more like the world than the Christ. Can the world tell the difference? I sense that people around us are wondering what the church of Jesus Christ is really suppose to look like. Based on what they see and hear, they may wonder, ‘is this the real deal?’
There’s nothing quite like the sight of Christ’s followers wandering around not knowing who they are and why they are here. Lost identity breeds darkness; we may find ourselves groping in darkness rather than walking in the light of Jesus. He came to deliver us out of darkness not to hang out in it! He came to give us life and that life more abundantly (John 10:10).
Regaining our Christian identity enables us to shed His love and light abroad wherever we are. People won’t have to question who we are. They will know we are kingdom subjects with an allegiance to one King, one Lord and one Master. Today, ask yourself if your Christian identity has been stolen? If so, will you allow the Holy Spirit to rescue your identity? Will you then walk in His power showing forth the light and love of Jesus in our dark and dying world? May you know His peace which surpasses all understanding. May His peace guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).