Your identity or view of yourself can be compared to a ladder, and at some point in our life, we decide to lean the ladder of our identity of who we are against a wall we hope will support it.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”Colossians 2:6-7 ESV
Culture tells us that we can build that wall from what we do, what we accomplish, what we have, our position our title, how we look, how good we are, maybe even defining us by how bad we are. Perhaps for some also how religious we are, what “things that we do” or what “spiritual experience’ we have.
The apostle Paul makes it clear in his letter to the Colossians that if the ladder of who we are is leaning against anything other than Christ, then it is misplaced. Anything else we lean it against is shaky at best and can crumble and then what? Then we feel devastated. like we failed and start asking the question “who am I”?
“My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand. ”Edward Mote, 1797-1874
You want to put your hope and identity is something secure? You want to put your hope and identity into something that won’t disappoint? Into something that will be there and you can go to every single time? Then “move your ladder” and lean it on Christ.
Our hope is IN HIM, our identity is IN HIM and nobody or nothing else. Yes, we should do our best in whatever role we have, we should love like crazy, forgive like crazy, be in community and read his word, but never fall into the cultural trap of building a wall that cannot support us thru all of life.
With you In Christ,
January 1, 2018