Title vs. Identity

There are really only 2 ways you can think of Christainity.

It can either be a title or an identity.

Title

I’d argue that most Christians see Christianity as a title. They think that because they call themselves “Christian” that they are one. They wear the label like they’d wear any other label.

“Christian” gets thrown into the same catagory as:

  • Musician
  • Hipster
  • Nerd
  • Jock
  • Skater
  • Gamer
  • Artsy

And whatever other labels you can think of.

It’s just another label in a long list of them. Nothing about it stands out. It’s just simply another part of who you are.

Identity

Christianity as an identity is completely different.

Identity isn’t just another label. It’s the very core of who you are. It’s the basis of every decision you ever make. You don’t grow into it and you’ll never grow out of it. It’s more than a phase. It’s more than a thing you do. It’s your very essence.

You live differently when Christianity is your identity.

Not because you have to, but because you can’t help but live any other way.

The Fruit of the Spirit becomes more than just the fun song you sang in junior high youth group. They become real. You start to, become aware of them, live them and feel them in every moment of your life.

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-Control

Your reaction to events becomes drastically different than the rest of the worlds.

“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” || 2 Corinthians 2:8–10

When Christianity is your identity, you are used to dying to yourself daily for the sake of living in Christ. Giving up your desires, time, passions, talents, and resources for the sake of seeing people won to Jesus.

When Christianity is your identity, you know that hard times aren’t the end. They’re simply there to make you even stronger. They are there to teach you a lesson. Rather than blaming God for suffering, you have learned to find Him in the midst of it.

So, what about you?

Is Christianity simply another title you carry with you?

Or is it your identity?

Be honest with yourself.

How you answer than question will effect your entire life.