An Identity “Christ-is”

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Have you ever grappled with the question, “Who am I?” Our editor Tim shares how a talent show reminded him of his struggle in finding acceptance and affirmation from others. Ultimately he found his true identity as a beloved child of God, whom Christ adopted through His death on the cross. 

Recently I attended my church’s high school fellowship talent show. The theme for the night was “IDENTITY CHRIST-IS”. The night was filled the youths and counsellors singing, dancing, and acting. It was intertwined with sharing about their own struggles with finding their own identity.

It was an incredible blessing to see each of them share not only their talents but their lives with those present. One by one, they allowed others to see the cracks and baggage they carried each day.

As the night went on, it reminded me of a scene from Coach Carter. More so, the poem that was shared in this scene.

(Yes, Channing Tatum is in this movie)

Thank you all for your willingness to share, honesty and allowing others to see your vulnerabilities. Your willingness to share encourages other to do the same as well and God’s glory is revealed.

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
~ 1 Corinthians 3:12-18

It was also a night of reflection for myself. I remember the labels and the names I carried growing up as well. I was the scrawny Chinese kid with a big head and glasses. I had acne and braces. I was that kid they always show in cartoons of what a nerd look like, minus the suspenders. I lied, lusted, and worshiped the approval and recognition from others. Even now, seeking affirmation from others is quite important to me.

But this is me:

I am “Timothy”, meaning “honouring God.”

I am “崇道”, meaning “worship the way.”

I am the one, whose sins nailed Jesus on the cross.

I am the one He loved enough to send His son for me.

I live because Jesus died.

He has redeemed my past.

He is the God of my present.

He leads me in the days ahead.

Image credit: Tony Roberts / Flickr



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