Episode Three of Off the Field pinpoints the age-old question of “Who am I?”
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, identity is defined as “who a person is, or the qualities of a person or group that make them different from others.” This is one of the main aspects of life that people are continually searching for.
"I want to become an athlete of influence!"
It can be easy to place your identity in athletics and define yourself by what you do. For competing athletes, it’s even more natural because your sport is what you’ve dedicated most of your time and energy to. If you choose to define yourself based on the sport you play, then what happens when you face career-ending injury or retirement?
Christians are called to look to something higher, which is finding our identity in Christ. In Galatians 2:15-21, Paul gives direction on how to live the Christian life by faith. In verse 15, he calls out the church of Galatia for still identifying themselves as Jews. Verse 20 goes on to point to where our identity should be found. “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.”
To give the question at the beginning a simple answer, we must find out identity in the fact that we are Christ followers. If we have fully given our lives to God, then we do everything for His kingdom, which is what sets us apart.
- What are the steps you have taken to make sure you are putting your identity in the right place?
- How does your where you find your identity change how you view competing in your sport?
- Finding our identity in Christ may seem like a broad thing to think about. How would you put finding your identity in Christ into practice?
- What does God say about you that will help solidify your identity in Him?
- What is a scripture verse you can memorize to keep you looking upward for your identity?