I came across this story a few days ago regarding our identity.

“The thief on the cross who begged for forgiveness in the last moments of his life must have been shocked when he stepped over the line into paradise after Jesus told him he would (Luke 23:43). I imagine this former thief walking the streets of gold, shocked at the robe he was given and the greetings he received from the angels. When he asked what it was all about, one of the angels told him, “You don’t understand—you’re a king here.” The thief looked at the angel, stunned. “A king?” he asked. “If I had known I was a king, I would have never lived as a thief!” 7 Longings of the Human Heart – Mike Bickle

Hos. 4:6 “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”

Knowing our true identity is the foundation to approaching God and life confidently and passionately. The thief’s lack of knowledge kept him from the fullness of His destiny.

Until we discover who we are, we will never know what we can become.

Remember this scene in Disney Pictures, The Lion King:

Rafiki: [after guiding Simba to a spot where he says will show him Mufasa] Look down there.

Adult Simba: [looks into a pool of water] That’s not my father. That’s just my reflection.

Rafiki: No, look harder.[touches the water, as it ripples Simba’s reflection changes to that of his father]

Rafiki: You see? He lives in you.

Mufasa’s ghost: [from above] Simba.

Adult Simba: Father?

Mufasa’s ghost: [apears among the stars] Simba, you have forgotten me.

Adult Simba: No. How could I?

Mufasa’s ghost: You have forgotten who you are and so have forgotten me. Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the Circle of Life.

Adult Simba: How can I go back? I’m not who I used to be.

Mufasa’s ghost: Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true king. Remember…

In the film, Simba finally takes his rightful place as King. But it isn’t until the revelation from His father lands in his heart that he finally wakes up to who he is. Disney Pictures reveals both the plight and reward of identity discovered.

Though I have been saved over 40 years and in full-time ministry for over 25 years…it’s only been the last 10-15 years that the fullness of my identity in God has been awakened.

The Bible identifies 5 keys to unlock your true identity. Each contains a lifelong discovery in and of itself.

1. We are His Bride – (Isaiah 54:5  Jeremiah 3:14)

God’s loving heart is affectionately directed to us as a bride. He pursues us with passionate affection and longing desire.

Jesus has created access to His heart and He longs to access ours. He wants to know us. Every prayer, every thought about Him, every step you take towards Him, moves Him!

What makes life amazing is the fact that we have a God who loves us and out of the depths of His passion, He pursues us.

As a result we get to experience God’s affections continually.

2. We are Sons/Daughters (Ephesians 1:3-5 Galatians 4:5)

The first ministry the Holy Spirit performs for us is to convince us that God has become “Abba” or Daddy.

It was common in Jesus’ day for adults to be adopted into families. In fact, many of the Caesars in the Roman Empire were actually adopted as adults into the royal family and became Kings.

You have been adopted by God. This is a legal transaction. You are now legal sons and daughters with all the privileges that come with the new family line. The greatest privilege of all is that our God is now our Dad. A good Dad. A Dad who loves perfectly!

As a result, choose to live as a Son/Daughter instead of a servant.

3. We are Royalty (1 Peter 2:9)

When we become sons and daughters we come into the direct royal line because of the blood of Jesus; we share the royal lineage of the King. It has always been in the heart of God that you have his royal blood, to rule as his royal children.

Royalty is treated with favor, they are educated differently, they are raised to rule.

As royalty (kingly) you are now part of a royal family each having a direct line to an inheritance in God.

As a result, we live as a Prince instead of a pauper.

4. We are Citizens of Heaven. (Philippians 3:20)

Citizenship is the most valuable asset of a nation and it is not easily given away because of it’s power and impact. People come to America because they love the quality of life and opportunity that our country offers.

The more that people understand the benefits and value of the Kingdom of God they will rush into it.

In a Kingdom, the King would choose who He wanted as His citizens. It was not automatic.

God has chosen you! You are then citizens in a heavenly government, one nation, on earth, but are aliens in the world. As a citizen of heaven, we have the support, backing, protection and access of heaven while living on earth.

Citizens are as wealthy as the kingdom they are from, not the kingdom they are in. You have rights as a citizen of heaven and we need to know them.

As a result, we exercise our rights as a citizen of heaven.

5. We are Ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20)

An Ambassador is a representative of the highest rank sent by the ruler of one government to another representing the power and authority of his government. Ambassadors are never voted on but appointed. They hold one of the highest ranking positions in government.

God’s strategy for proclaiming the message of His kingdom is to use ambassadors. We have been chosen and appointed by God as an ambassador to re-present His kingdom well. If we place the Kingdom first as Ambassadors the promise is that all things will be added to us (Matt. 6:33).

As a result we choose to re-present Heaven well.

Take time this week, meditating on the scriptures above, to encourage yourself in who you are in God and God’s investment and love toward you.

YOUR TURN: In what ways to you think knowing our true identity impacts  us personally, our relationship with God and our impact in the world?

 

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17 Comments

  1. Barbie Jun 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

    It’s so important that I walk in my true identity of a daughter of the King of Kings. I often times get caught up in the world’s view of myself, or my own shortcomings, that I forget who it is I belong to. I continue to ask God on a daily basis to bring me into this reality.

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    1. Greg Jun 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      Great daily prayer! I needed to be reminded of this. Thanks!

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  2. Gary Wong Jun 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Greg,

    Thanks for sharing this post! Knowing our identity is so important and the Lion King scene was so deja-vu. When we forget/don’t know who we are and how God view’s us we lose our sense of purpose and identity. It’s interesting to see that there are many different ways we are in Christ, but all due to His grace and love. We are alive and no longer dead all because of Christ (Eph 2:1-10).

    It’s interesting when you mentioned about citizenship in Heaven… other day I read an article called “The Trials and Tribulations of China’s Anchor Babies”. Rich mom’s pay 10-15K to come to the USA to “birth” their child here to get a US citizenship and go back home to secure a better future for their kids. To open opportunities and get around 1 child policy. Our Father is just the same.. he wants to secure our citizenship and goes to great lengths to do so as seen on the Cross.

    It’s said in the article that when Chinese parents go back, their neighbors are envious about the citizenship. Wouldn’t it be awesome if folks who don’t know Jesus are “jealous” of our birthright?

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    1. Gary Wong Jun 23, 2011 at 12:59 pm

      meant to write… “jealous” FOR our birthright… semantics are important 🙂

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    2. Greg Jun 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm

      What an interesting story about Chinese parents. I think when people see the wealth and benefits of the Kingdom of God in us they will violently want to get in (Matt. 11:12). Love the illustration, Gary! Thanks for your comment.

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  3. Frank Jun 23, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    I had to save this to file… excellent. thanks.

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    1. Greg Jun 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks Frank. Glad it made it to your file!

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  4. Wendi Jun 24, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Great Post, this is vitally important to our life in Christ! Remembering is so important! We must meditate and reflect on Who HE is and who we are daily. If we don’t know WHO we are, we won’t act or be who we were designed to be. I have a little saying that I remind our children often. I say this mostly when they are going somewhere that we as their parents won’t be present at. My quote is, “Remember Who You Are.” They know what this means because we try to instill their Godly identity by calling out treasures in them and talking about our kingdom inheritance often. We, like the children of Israel, need to be reminded who we are and Who’s we are. Not that we are perfect or even come close. However, it’s through the imperfections that strengthen and grow us. It’s an opportunity for our roots to go down deep into the soil of God’s perfect Love!.
    Each of the 5 keys are absolutely essential!!!

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    1. Greg Jun 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      I love the phrase we say to our kids. For some reason we loose focus on our identity and need to be constantly reminded 🙂

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  5. Gina Hyatt Jun 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Identity, identity, identity. I have no wisdom in this area to share, but I am trying to get this ‘what i know’ in my head, to be awakened into my heart. I am praying for more revelation on my personal identity in Christ.

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    1. Greg Jun 30, 2011 at 6:19 am

      A great prayer! You are definitely walking in much of this 😉

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  6. Patrick Atkins Jul 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Very good! Thanks PG. “If I had known I was a king, I would have never lived as a thief!” This is a huge statement! I love how you laid it out. Going through Song of Songs really helped with the Bride identity. #3 reminded my of lyrics from a Jake Hamilton song,
    “I am royalty
    I have destiny
    I have been set free
    I’m gonna shape history”

    The enemy is crafty with telling us otherwise but like you said it is vital to meditate on our true identity and to be encouraged. Walking in our true identity will only strengthen those that may have forgotten or lacked the knowledge.

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    1. Greg Jul 2, 2011 at 8:21 am

      I like that song by Jake 😉
      If we don’t know who He is, we will not discover who we are. Knowing God is the beginning to knowing ourselves. But discovering our identity and declaring it often has to be intentional. If not, we fall back into living as thief’s, though we are Kings.

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  7. Gina Hyatt Feb 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I am so glad you re-tweeted this. When you originally wrote it it was great, but re-reading it again now, as I am digging into my Identity in Christ, really spoke to my heart. I needed to read this today!

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    1. Greg Feb 27, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Awesome, Gina. I want to write “timeless” posts. This one was written in June 2011. So glad that the post is still encouraging others. Your stuff at Silverlake Sound will do the same thing. Thanks for sharing! 😉

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  8. Phylis Wanjau Jul 24, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Wow! wow! wow! I just found myself laughing throughout the article. Though very late in reading it, but wisdom is never late. ” God pursues us” what a great love. Thank you for this reminder. It has come to sooo real!

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    1. Greg Simas Jul 25, 2014 at 7:24 am

      Glad that the post ministered to you. Blessings.

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