I am not my bank account.
I am not my hairstyle.
I am not my job.
I am not my favorite movie or book character.
I am not how good I look in the latest fashions.
I am not my current relationship status.
I am not my friends list on Facebook.
I am not my current level of health.
I am not my possessions.
These are all attributes of me, but they do not define me. That is, they show something about me, they demonstrate components of my unique identity, but of themselves they do not give me my identity.
My name is not “Registered Dietitian”.
My name is not “Brother of Seth”.
My name is not “Black Belt”, “Eagle Scout”, or “College Grad”.
My name is Son of God, Brother of Christ, and recipient of the Holy Spirit. My Identity is given to me by the Triune God who redeemed me, placed upon my brow and my heart as I was baptized. My name is Christian.
How can I say definitively who I am – that is, a Child of God? How can I have the confidence, some may say arrogance, to call God my own Father? Because He said so first, and I am merely repeating what He called me at the Baptismal font back to Him. I am confessing His own words, repeating after Him and believing that He meant what He said.
That’s what God’s children do, like little children we speak our Father’s words back to Him; even when we don’t fully grasp the entire implications behind them, we believe that they mean what they say.
And they say:
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
– Galatians 3:26-4:7