Know Who You Are: Find Identity in Christ

Do you know who Jesus says you are? Do you believe Him? Is your identity in Christ?

Do you ever find yourself wrestling with questions about your identity and worth? The world often tries to tell us who we are. Our self-perception can leave us feeling inadequate or lost. But as followers of Christ, our true identity is not defined by the world but by our Creator. When we forget or fail to understand our identity in Christ, we allow sin, chaos, and brokenness to define us. I’m convinced that knowing and embracing who Jesus says we are is essential to living a life of purpose.

This conviction is why I released this new journaling book about knowing who we are. I understand you might have some questions, so let’s address them one by one.

Is Everyone “In Christ”?

A critical question to start with is, “Is everyone ‘in Christ’?” The unfortunate answer is no. To be “in Christ” means to have the Holy Spirit living within you. 

Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

Romans 8:9b, ESV

To belong to Christ, we must accept Him as our Savior and receive the Holy Spirit. 

How Do I Know If I’m “In Christ”?

So, how can you be sure that you are in Christ? The book of Romans provides clarity:

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

Romans 10:9-11, ESV

If you have confessed that Jesus is Lord and genuinely believe that He died for your sins, you are in Christ. This confession is not just a ritual; it signifies a deep belief and trust in Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross.

Ephesians 1, my favorite passage, further illuminates this truth. Paul beautifully articulates how God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him. Understanding this helps us grasp the enormity of God’s love and the secure position we have in Christ.

What If I Don’t Feel It?

It’s one thing to know you’re in Christ, but what if you don’t feel it? This is a common struggle. You might have confessed the words and believed them in your heart. Yet, the weight of life’s brokenness still presses down on you. Sister, you’re not alone in this. Living in a fallen world means we will experience trials and hardship. But, hear this: our feelings do not determine our identity.

Know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:5-11, NLT

These verses are truth. Regardless of our feelings, God’s truth is constant. We can trust these words. We can know this truth. Our identity in Christ is not dependent on our feelings.

Embracing Your Identity in Christ

Understanding and embracing your identity in Christ requires daily renewal of your mind and heart through God’s Word. Here are a few practical steps to help you live out your true identity:

1. Immerse Yourself in Scripture

God’s Word is filled with affirmations of who you are in Christ. Verses like Ephesians 2:10 remind us that we are God’s masterpiece, created anew in Christ Jesus to do good works. Colossians 3:12 calls us chosen, holy, and dearly loved. Regularly reading and meditating on these truths can help reinforce your identity.

2. Pray for Understanding

Ask God to open your eyes and heart to fully grasp your identity in Him. Ephesians 1:17-18 is a powerful prayer for spiritual wisdom and insight. It teaches us how to ask God to enlighten the eyes of our hearts so that we can know the hope to which He has called us.

3. Find Other Believers

Community is vital. Surround yourself with fellow believers. Build relationships. Allow others to encourage you, speak truth into your life, and remind you of your identity in Christ.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Hebrews 10:24-25, NLT

4. Reject Lies and Embrace Truth

The enemy will try to deceive you and make you doubt your identity. 2 Corinthians 10:5 teaches us to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Replace lies with the truth of God’s Word.

5. Live Out Your Identity

Your identity in Christ is not just a concept to understand but a reality to live out. Walk in the confidence that you are a child of God, loved, forgiven, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Let this truth influence your actions, decisions, and interactions with others.

Living a victorious Christian life requires understanding of who Jesus says you are. When we know and believe that we are in Christ, we can stand firm against the lies of the enemy. We can resist the pressures of the world. Our identity in Christ gives us the assurance of God’s love, the power to overcome sin, and the hope of eternal life.

So, do you know who Jesus says you are? Do you believe Him? Embrace your identity in Christ today and let His truth transform your life.


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2 responses to “Know Who You Are: Find Identity in Christ”

  1. Tracy Hill Avatar

    Such a beautiful and truth filled devotion. Thank you!

    1. tyraharnishfeger@gmail.com Avatar

      Thank you for your kind feedback!

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