An Ideal Identity

Who, or What, do you want to be? We all heard that question as kids. At that age we probably answer that question with a job title; superhero, firefighter, veterinarian, teacher, or something like that.

Years later we have a much more complex answer to that question. Who and what we want to be involves more than just the job we want. What type of person do we want to be, to be seen as by those around us? What type of parent? What type of employee? What type of authority figure? What type of spouse? What habits do we want to keep? Yes, it is a much more multi-faceted question than the one we pondered in the fourth grade.

The sources of wisdom around us that would try to inform our answer to those questions may involve personal acquaintances, popular online blogs, self-help books, academics, clinicians, or sensational celebrity wisemen who get on stage in front of a fully-packed event center auditorium and in front of the cameras to broadcast over TV or the internet. I really think that most of the people involved in producing or performing these services are genuinely well-intending, and I think that most of what you will hear or read them saying can honestly benefit in practical and effective ways. However, a fish that knows how to fly but is poor at swimming might be a successful bird, but not a very decent fish.

You see, we were made for a purpose, and as with all created things, we need to ask our creator what that purpose is if we are to truly understand how and what we are made for, for who could understand the ins and outs and the intended use of a complex machine if the engineer who built it does not inform anyone? And humans are such
complex machines are we not? Well, this verse explains exactly what our created purpose is:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives
among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

1 Peter 2:9-12

See, the God who made us did so that we could be in joyous, eternal fellowship with Him, and those that are have the opportunity and responsibility to bring others into that same blessed relationship with an all-powerful, all-loving God.

Maybe you are the head of a big successful business, or a politician, software engineer or whatever you would like to finish that description with. Well, how do you run your business? How do you live and behave as someone who’s decision have heavy impact on those around? Do you treat your people in a way that God could be proud of? Is the objective of your work or its method of operation honest and decent, or not? Does your job, and my job- and the other parts of our life- conform to an identity as a Child of God? If you or I do not know how to answer that, then perhaps we need to take a look at how seriously we treat our divine, cosmic, appointment as part of the Royal Priesthood.

Our identity is given by the Creator, and we need look no further that Him to understand who and what we are to be. Choose life, and choose it to the fullest, by choosing Him.