Who are you? This is a question that our culture is fixated on. Many young people are obsessed with trying to figure out who they are, and many others are giving them options that don’t actually exist. Is it any wonder that in a society that seems to value sex above all else, the most popular questions that people are asking would be centered around sex? The reason these questions are getting so much play is they are in the category of identity. We all are extremely interested in ourselves, who we are and what our purpose is.
Jesus, along with all the writers of the New Testament, gave us the most important answer and believe it or not, it has nothing to do with sex. This may be a revelation for some, but there are more important things. The enemy always majors on minor things. He constantly lifts up things that matter least and acts as if they matter most. This is his strategy and Christians fall for it just as much as non-Christians.
We can’t associate with people who have problems that are more apparent than ours. We think we have it so together because our sins are hidden but God is not looking on the outside, He’s looking at the inside. He knows the truth, that we need Him just as much as “sinners”. “Love the sinner hate the sin”, only works if you’re God and I’ve never heard God use that phrase. Pity that we don’t hate our own sin as much as we hate the sins of others. If we did, we might allow God to get in deep and transform us into His image. Perhaps we would invite the Holy Spirit to put an end to the sins we are so accustomed to overlooking.
What is God majoring on in our lives? Love, purity, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, understanding and many more characteristics that are way more important than sex. Maybe if the church majored on the traits that God has gifted us with and cultivates in those who surrender to Him, the world might realize that there really are more important things than sex. Maybe they would see that real human identity is found in becoming like Christ. We are created in His image. We are His sons and daughters. We have His character, His spiritual DNA and enough love to influence the whole world.
That’s who you are supposed to be. If it’s not who you are, it can be. If you’re ready, He will begin His work in you immediately. Just ask Him.