Hello, my name is Leanna, and I am a blogger.
Blogging is a fine thing, a hobby I greatly enjoy, but what if that was all that defined me?
As a writer, I often analyze a situation better when it’s on paper, or can sort through my thoughts more easily once I’ve written them down. I see life as a story, skimming the many pages of the past while jotting down chapters of the present. So of course it’s easy for me to look back over a day in the context of what would make good blog material. While this is good for creating word pictures and analogies of lessons learned, it’s not so good if it becomes all-consuming for how I walk through life.
So what if being a blogger was my only identity?
Maybe blogging or writing isn’t your thing. Perhaps it’s painting, or photography, or knowing what every Twitter hashtag stands for (#yougotme). Whatever it is, even if you were the very best at it, what if that was the all-defining factor about you?
The fact is, we are defined by one thing and one thing only: a sinner. To quote Richard Philips, “We are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.” (Saved by Grace, pg 8)
But (the greatest conjunction in the Bible), when we are made alive in Christ, we are no longer identified by that one, dreadful condition. We now have a host of name tags to wear!
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.“ (1 Pet. 2:9-10, emphasis mine)
I love what Southwestern’s Women’s Studies Professor Candi Finch has to say about our new identity in Christ in her article ‘Why Is Holiness So “Uncool”?’:
The Christian’s Identity versus Behavior: Now, here is the crazy thing. Despite the fact that all human beings are sinners (Rom 3:23), the Bible says that once a person becomes a Christian, her identity is that of a new creation (Eph 4:24) and a saint, i.e., a “holy” one (1 Cor 1:2)! We all know that Christians don’t always act like saints. Our behavior doesn’t always match our identity in Christ, but that doesn’t change the fact that once we have accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, God sees us as holy and blameless (Col 1:22, 3:12; 1 Pet 2:9). From the moment you become a Christian until the moment you die and go to heaven, you are going through this process called “sanctification” (i.e, becoming holy). God has called His children to holiness, not impurity (1 Thess. 4:7) and several times we are exhorted to live holy and godly lives (see 2 Pet 3:11; Rom 12:1; 2 Tim 2:21; 1 Pet 1:15). [excerpt from the Biblical Woman blog]
It’s hard to fathom that God really does see His Son’s righteousness when He looks on me. He doesn’t see the old nature, the sinful flesh, the girl labeled “sinner”.
So neither should I.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)