Identity TheftApril 13, 2018
All the conversation today about Facebook and the breach of trust in sharing personal information and data with third parties has raised new concerns about identity theft. That got me wondering: is it really possible for someone to steal our identity?
If your identity is found in the numbers on paper, the dollars in various accounts which bear your name or even the title to the house in which you live, you are seeing yourself as less than you truly are. Our true identity can be described best by relationship:
- You are who you were when God conceived you in His wildest dreams before the foundations of the earth (Jeremiah 1:5, Romans 8:29, Ephesians 1:4, Psalm 139:15-16)
- You are who you were when Christ redeemed you on the Cross
- You are who you will be standing before the throne of God after you die
And everything else happens in the context of the living of these days which are passing even now like the pollen of Spring.
The Enemy may seek to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10), but in Christ you can be fully restored not only to right relationship with God, but to right relationship with yourself and others. You can live in the fullness of your identity as a member of the royal priesthood and holy nation of God’s own people (I Peter 2:9).
To be clear: you are neither an accident nor are you your Facebook, Instagram or any other social media profile. You are a child of God, made in His image on purpose and for His good pleasure. You are loved by God no matter what you do or fail to do with the gift of life He has given. You are a moral agent and you will be held to account, but who you are in reality, never changes. You were conceived by God before the foundations of the earth and you – the essential you – will live forever.
Yes, your body will change. Your circumstances will change. Your friends will change. Your relative financial situation will change. Your influence over others will change. Each of these will ebb and flow, rise and fall over the course of this life. But through it all, God will not change nor will your identity from His perspective (Psalm 90:2, Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, Revelation 1:8, 22:13).
So, what is God’s perspective on you? Who does God say that you are?
You are a creature of His creation, made in His image, and He delights in you. (Psalm 139:15-16)
You are a child to whom redemption is offered through His self-sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross.
If you have accepted His grace in Christ, you are a member of the household of God, a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, an agent of grace, an Ambassador of the King, a minister of reconciliation and a missionary in the time and place in history God ordained for your life.
When people look at or see your social media profile, do they see all that?
When you look in the mirror, do you see all that?
If not, you’re already a victim of identity theft. The Enemy comes to steal and destroy our understanding of who we are. The Enemy seeks to rob you of a right understanding of yourself as an image-bearing child of the King (Genesis 1:27).
From that perspective, have you already suffered an identity theft greater than what nefarious agents who are after your money or reputation could ever perpetrate?
Here’s the good news: you can be made new in Christ today (II Corinthians 5:17). The cost of restoring your identity has already been paid and your future is completely secure in Christ!