Here’s a question worthy of being asked at the end of 2012: From what or whom are you drawing your sense of identity? Your identity is your sense of self–those things that make you, you.
From the standpoint of this world and popular culture:
- You are a body.
- You are a slave to your background.
- You are defined by your relationships, or lack thereof.
- Your value is determined by your stuff.
- Your most important asset is your reputation.
But have you considered your Creator’s input? It sounds starkly different:
- “You were created in my image” (Gen 1:26-27; Psa 139:13-16; Eccl 12:7).
- “I love you” (John 3:16; 1 John 3:16; John 15:13).
- “I am willing to forgive you” (Isa 1:18; Psa 103:11-12; Eph 1:7-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11).
- “By the sacrifice of my Son, I want you to be a Christian” (Acts 11:26; John 15:5,9-11).
- “I am calling you to be a disciple” (Matt 28:19-20).
- “By my design, you are to be a part of something larger than yourself” (1 Pet 2:4-5).
- “Follow in my footsteps as a servant” (Rom 6:15-18).
- “What is the key to lasting happiness? Be holy as I am holy” (1 Pet 1:13-16).
- “I want to enjoy a relationship with you as my child” (2 Cor 6:16-18).
- “If you are my child, you are an heir” (Rom 8:12-17).
What will define YOU in 2013? This sermon encourages you to put the world’s input in its proper place and build your year on the will of the One who created you. It was delivered on December 16, 2012.