Pastor’s Pen: Show Your ID
By Layton Dutton
Associate Pastor of Youth
Calvary Baptist Church
When I think of my ID I think of getting out my license at airport security. They use it to make certain the right person has the ticket to fly, but that really isn’t my ID. My ID is a mix of how I think of myself and how people know me.
Fill in this blank about yourself, “I am ______________.”
You can probably use many words to describe yourself like hunter, outgoing, BBQ master, mechanic, Lion’s fan, hard worker, laid back, tall, Christ-follower, etc.
Some of those things can be changed. And many of us change our ID’s regularly depending on who we’re with or where we’re located. We treat our ID like a jacket. We put one on at work and put on another at home, another online, another at church, etc. Our closet is full of various ID jackets.
But our true ID in Christ shouldn’t be like that. Rather than a jacket, our ID in Christ should be more like our skin. It isn’t something that can be removed. It’s always there. It’s necessary. And it’s a visible part of us. There are many words that can describe our ID in Christ, but here are a few:
“…you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God.” (Romans 6:22)
“…your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit…” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
“…we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works…” (Ephesians 2:10)
“…you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of Him who called you…” (1 Peter 2:9)
According to these verses I belong to God, I’m holy and pure, I’m part of God’s work and design, I’m chosen, I’m royalty, and I’m a representative of the holy God. This is my ID! This is what God calls me. This is how I am to be known. This is what I am to live up to. Are you living up to your ID in Christ?