In today’s world, identity is everything. Who you are and what you stand for determines the way you are perceived and often can decide the trajectory of your life—unless something steps in to change that. In different circles and to different people, we all have different identities. To our bosses we are employees; to our friends we are a friend; to our families we are sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers. To the world, we are strangers. But what kind of strangers are we? Are we truly strange-ers? To the world what is our identity? What do you and I look like to the world and those around us?
Our identity should not be “those people who are health-conscious.” Our identity should not be “those people who are always socially active.” Our identity should not be “those people who go to church on Saturday.” Our identity should not be “those people” at all.
Instead, when they look at us, they should see Jesus. People should be able to say of us… “Mary, Casey, Joe, John, or whoever— if Jesus is like him/her, I might give Him a chance.”
While people may still look at us as “those people,” that is not our identity. Our identity is in Jesus—wholly and completely.
That sounds nice, but what does that mean? To have an identity in Jesus means we live like Jesus. We are associated with Jesus. We are Christians. We literally take on the name of Christ, just like one does in a marriage; and we keep the covenant of that Name. Our identity is not wrapped up in our job, schoolwork, grades, family, or friend group. Our identity is found in Jesus and rooted in His Word.
What does it mean to be SDA? It means that you find your identity, you and I shape our lives, in and around Jesus and His Word.
It sounds easy and hard at the same time. But praise the Lord, we are not alone. Jesus has promised to be with us to the end of the age. Forever.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
— Casey Vaughn —
General Vice President of Internal Affairs