Let us search the world and think of those in our lifetime who have sold their soul to be someone else. How many incidents are you aware of that someone was raised learning the word of God, but later, lost their identity? And what about those who talk-the-talk, but don’t walk-the-walk? We didn’t have to go very far, did we? Our lives are inundated with invented people who aren’t as they portray. I’ve seen too many backslide to someone I can’t recognize anymore.
One of America’s Most Wanted inmates was apprehended by FBI agents in South America. He was extradited back to the U.S. to stand trial and remains in prison on a thirty-year sentence. He asked for a Bible and began reading it, page by page. When he came to Matthew 16, it turned his life around. His ultimate goal today is to join the prison ministry helping other inmates involved in an identity of theft – losing their soul and worthiness.
Let’s try to comprehend why good honest Christians revert away from what they know to be righteous and pure. Secular (worldly, non-spiritual) people are notorious for having ‘the good life’ – they do whatever they want to do, paying no mind to consequences. They’re engulfed in the good times and the next level of adrenaline rush. Who wants to waste a perfect Sunday in church or to work for the church? Isn’t that boring! So, I guess my big question now is – isn’t this clinging to a self-centered identity? Isn’t it ironic that those with the most material possessions and free spirit are the unhappiest? I think the root of the problem is a self-absorbed, ungodly pride which ultimately creates our loss of identity.
Another issue to consider may surround someone being influenced to question the validity of God. Doesn’t this make one narrow-minded? It appears that Satan stole the very soul of a smiling spirit. This is a topic that would make my blog three pages long, but in short, Jesus claimed, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This bold statement has never been spoken by any other great world religious leader. Can that be denied? His signs and His gifts are ever-present in this world for those who choose to receive their identity from God, but, it’s only through His holy name, Jesus Christ.
Self-reflection and learning will bring us to our knees, friends. Isolation forces us to reconcile and deal with ourselves. It is by our faults and mess ups, confronting personal issues, that we enter the realm of learning our true identity. We need to deal with this for God to get us where we want to be. We’ve got to be believers who love God more than life itself!