Identity theft is a real problem; hacked servers of medical providers, insurance companies, and major retail stores have put thousands at risk. Social Security numbers in the wrong hands will negatively affect our identity, as well as potentially destroy life as we know it. However, identity theft is not limited to the physical world but extends to our spiritual identities as well.
We are created in God’s image, male and female God created us, and God said we are “very good”. We are children of God; God is our God and we are God’s people. However, possessing free will we often find ourselves chasing life’s diversions, consequently experiencing “spiritual” identity theft.
The good news is that God, through Jesus Christ, provides a way back, offers restoration, and restores my true identity, not because of what I have done, but what God does for/in me! Chuck Swindoll in his book, Wisdom for the Way writes:
God has entrusted to us a great deal. . . . God is trusting in us to trust in God. Yet God knows our fears as well, otherwise God wouldn’t assure us so often of God’s purposes and God’s presence.
We feel hurt and alone – God assures us God cares. We feel angry and resentful – God provides wisdom and strength. We feel ashamed – God promises to supply all our needs. Our God is uniquely and ultimately trustworthy! (page 256)
Through the resurrection, Jesus’ victory is our victory. Because He lives, my identity is redeemed! Trusting in the “Spirit of our living God” we find God trustworthy. Today we continue to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and our identity in Him, because He lives. Invite a friend, relative, acquaintance or neighbor to join you!