Identity Crisis

I love wearing hats!

Back in my single days, I would buy a new hat every couple of weeks.

I still wear hats, I rarely ever buy a new hat now.

When I buy hats, they usually represent something from Colorado. I love that I grew up in Colorado and I love representing Colorado.

My favorite football team is the Denver Broncos. Only makes sense, right? My go to, everyday hat is a Denver Broncos hat.

When I wear that hat, I identify myself as a fan of the Denver Broncos.

I have Broncos t-shirts that I wear from time to time and when I wear them, I am identifying myself as a Broncos fan.

I do not have any hats or t-shirts that represent any other football team. Why? Because I do not want to identify myself with those teams because I am not a fan of any of them.

I’m not going to wear a Broncos hat on Monday and then wear a Raiders hat on Tuesday! Wednesday, I’m not going to put on Chiefs hat. I’m not going to wear a Chargers t-shirt the rest of the week! If I did this and you saw me, you would be confused with what football team I like.

When people look at you, are they confused?

Do they wonder who you are identifying with?

Can the world tell that you are a Christian? Or do you look and act so much like them, that they are confused?

The Bible tells us in Romans 12:1-2, than we should not be conformed to this world but that we should be transformed. We should be different from the world. We should look different than the world. We should act different than the world. We should talk different than the world.

Whether you conform or transform, you are identifying yourself with the side you want to be on. The world’s side or the Lord’s side.

The Bible also tells us that we cannot serve two masters. If you are living like the world for six days a week and then put on your Christian hat on Sundays, it is easy to see who you are serving.

In the world today there is an identity crisis. Gender identity is a huge problem today. I have heard plenty of preaching on the LGTBQ crowd and how they want to identify as the opposite sex or as neither. Just like there is an identity crisis among them, there is an identity crisis among the Christians. There are many in our circles who are having a hard time trying to figure out whether to identify with the world or with Christ.

It comes down to this, you and you alone have to choose whether you want to identify with Christ or with the world. No one else can make that choice for you.

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Joshua was telling the children of Israel that it was time for them to make a choice. They had to decide to either serve the Lord or serve the gods of this world. In Joshua 24, we see the children of Israel answer Joshua three times that they would serve the Lord. Johsua’s response to their answer was that they needed to put away the gods of this world and turn from them. We never see them totally get rid of the gods of the world and by Judges they had fallen from serving the Lord to serving these gods that they decided to keep. The same thing goes for the Christian, we get saved and want to serve the Lord but we hold onto all the things of the world. If you don’t let them go, sooner or later they will catch up with you again.

Your walk talks louder than your talk, talks. Don’t tell me that you are choosing to live for God when Monday through Saturday you are listening to the world’s music, talking like the world, dressing like the world, going to the places of the world and doing the things of the world. Don’t tell me that you are choosing to serve God when the only day you look and act like a Christian is on Sunday.

It is time you identify yourself with Christ. It is time you choose to serve Christ. I am not talking about getting saved, I am talking to those who are professing to be saved already, to those who claim to be Christians, but are identifying with the world through their dress, music, speech and actions.

Ask yourself today this question, “Who am I identifying with? Jesus Christ or the world?”

Choose today to serve God and live for God. Choose today that you will be what a Christian should be everyday of the week and not just on Sundays. Choose today to walk with God and have a personal relationship with Him. ‘

The choice is yours, what will you choose?

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